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Puppies take part in guide dog training at BWI

Posted at 10:00 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 08:28:57-04

BALTIMORE — School may be out for the summer, but not for 12 pups who got a chance to experience what it's like to go to an airport for the first time!

About two dozen puppies went through a TSA checkpoint at BWI Airport, so they can help travelers with visual impairments.

"There's a lot of distractions. There's a lot of different noises, and there's a lot of smells too. You wouldn't think that the smell of baggage or somebody walking by with a rolling bag on the floor," said Jeanyne Gembarski of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. "You wouldn't think twice about hearing that; to a dog, that can be scary."

The dogs took part in the training so that the noises would be familiar to the dogs, not scary.