West Minnehaha — Joan Delzer and Kaye Kipp recently graduated after completing two weeks of intensive training at Guide Dogs for the Blind in Boring, Ore.
Delzer returned home with a yellow Labrador retriever guide dog named Spritz. Kipp’s new guide is also a yellow Labrador retriever, named Bronte.
The graduation took place Sept. 10. During the training, the skilled guide dogs and their new partners learned to negotiate stairways, elevators, overhead obstacles, crowded sidewalks and busy streets. The dogs are trained to avoid distractions and disobey commands to cross a street if traffic is approaching.
For more information on the program contact Guide Dogs for the Blind at 800-295-4050 or http://www.guidedogs.com.