All guide dog programs have different methods to name their puppies. Some schools use a letter of the alphabet in order to keep the litter straight. For instance, Our friend Brooke's, over at Ruled By Paws, school assigns each litter a letter and the raisers are expected to name their puppy a name that begins with that letter. Brooke's guide Cessna was obviously from one of the C litters. What happens if they get to Z? They start right back at A and do it again.
There is a guide dog school in Quebec Canada and they name their dogs according to a theme. One of my friend's dogs came from a litter that we think might have been material or something like that because the dog's name is "Cotton;" pronounced in French.
Leader Dogs for the Blind does not have any such naming protocol. As far as I know, the puppy raisers are given free rein when it comes to naming their little furry bundle of joy. Puppy raisers may implement their own naming program or may just pick names with meaning. Leader Dogs for the Blind has also implemented a rule that allows the students to change the dog's name. I personally choose not to do this because the dog is already a year and a half and is confused enough as it is. Two of my classmates from Glacier's class, chose to change their dogs' names. It worked fine for them, but I opted to stick with Glacier's name.
So where did Glacier come from?
Glacier's puppy raisers lived in Northern Michigan and I thought it had something to do with the months of frozen wilderness, but I was wrong. I also thought that he was named "Glacier" because he is almost white as opposed to a traditional deep yellow. I was a bit closer with that one since his name was a combination of things.
One of Glacier's puppy raisers had worked up in Glacier Bay just before returning home to help raise little Glacier. They decided on Glacier because of her previous post in Glacier Bay and was further convinced when they saw how lightly coloured he was. It's a short, but sweet story. I like that his name has meaning and a story to back it up. I also enjoy that it is a very unique name and that is another reason why I wouldn't change it.
How did your four legged companions get their names?