Brittany Hawkins, a rising junior at the University of Georgia has been training Adele, her 6 month old guide dog for the past four months to prepare her for entrance into a certified training program. Brittany teaches Adele basic obedience and socializes the dog so that she will be best prepared to serve people who need assistance. Brittany says it’s a challenge for some to best train their dog during the COVID pandemic as her puppy meetings are virtual, and there are less opportunities to socialize the dogs. The other issue is that dogs do not understand the six feet rule that has been pushed heavily by public health officials in public spaces. Brittany says this poses a problem for those who are blind that need to go to the store during a pandemic who have guide dogs that are not trained to stay six feet away from others. 

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