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The Right Dog for the Job: Ira's Path from Service Dog to Guide Dog

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Follow an adorable Golden Retriever as he trains to become a helper for the disabled.

Ira was not born to be an ordinary dog. A few weeks after his birth, a foster puppy trainer with PawsAbilities, Canine Partners for People with Disabilities, took him home to begin his training as a Service Dog. Service dogs help people who have a lot of difficulty moving around on their o
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Walker Childrens (first published 2004)
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When I recently read the author's fantastic Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond, I was so impressed with the way it conveyed the information to the children without condescending to them. It made me wonder what other books of the authors I might enjoy. This book, about Ira's journey from service dog to guide dog, seemed right up my alley. I have friends who've tried to train their own service dogs and I'm somewhat aware of what a task it can be. I knew the author w ...more
This is a nice look at the life of a young dog being trained to be a service dog, then a guide dog. Interesting reading alongside crisp photos of the adorable pup in action.
Kristi Maurer
Mar 26, 2014 Kristi Maurer rated it it was amazing
This is a very touching book about the life and training of Ira, a golden retriever. The author takes you through his puppy years, and walks you through his years as trainers prepare him to be a service dog and later, a guide dog. Children will enjoy the parts that describe a class of sixth graders who help in the training. Readers will have the opportunity to celebrate at the end of the book when Ira is reunited with the children two years later at their eighth grade graduation. I would use thi ...more
Karen White
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Jan 17, 2016 Lacey rated it really liked it
My daughter died this book out but she is two and this one was very wordy. We will have to try again in a few years. Still very cute! Love golden retrievers and love dogs, hence why she picked it.
Tracey Jo Williams
Story about how dogs can become service dogs and what they do.
Aug 12, 2009 Tricia rated it liked it
Book discusses how dogs are trained from birth as working dogs...from training to placement. Includes large, colorful photos to demonstrate points.
Jul 02, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing
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This is an inspiring tale. Children love to learn about Ira and the photographs.
it is good and it has informaition
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As a child, my favorite activity was exploring nature, especially finding animals like frogs, toads, and lizards. I kept tropical fish, had a dog, and loved riding horses. My love of animals led to a Ph.D. degree from U.C. Berkley in Zoology. In grad school I met and married fellow student Greg Patent. Our two sons, David and Jason, were born before we finished school. I wanted to use my training ...more
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