Thursday, February 29, 2024

Episode #44: Working With A Guide Dog

Information on Guide Dogs
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Information on Guide Dogs

Show Notes:

Do you know what training is needed to get a guide dog? What’s the difference between a guide dog and a service dog, and how does a guide dog know where to go if their person is blind? Tonya and Ed McDaniel discuss these questions and many more as Ed shares his story of adopting Serina, his guide dog, and what he’s learned over the past year since he adopted her. Ed is a runner, and the guide dog school he worked with was able to accommodate his wish to find a dog who could run alongside him and allow him to continue his training schedule.

If you’re thinking about getting a guide dog for yourself or your older child, you’ll gain some insight into the process by hearing Ed’s story. Be sure to listen to the end for some advice he gives for those starting their journey to owning a guide dog!

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Tonya Wollum


Tonya Wollum is a disability advocate and host of the Water Prairie Chronicles podcast which connects special needs parents with resources to help them navigate parenting a child with a disability. She is the mother of 2 college-age children who have each grown up with a disability. That experience, along with a background in education, led her to create the Water Prairie Chronicles to help share what she has learned with parents of younger children to help them know how to advocate for their children.

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