The Benefits of Guide Dogs

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The Benefits of Guide Dogs and the Process of Obtaining Them

If you are 16 or older, legally blind, and have the ability to love and take care of a dog, you may be a candidate for a guiding eyes dog. Guide dogs help blind or visually impaired people get around the world. In most countries, they are allowed anywhere that the public is allowed, so they can help their handlers be any place they might want to go. To do this, a guide dog must know how to: keep on a direct route, ignoring distractions such as smells, other animals and people, maintain a steady pace to the left and just ahead of the handler, stop at all curbs until told to proceed, turn left and right, move forward and stop on command, recognize and avoid obstacles that the
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When out of harness, it behaves just like any ordinary dog and has complete relaxation. Usually when the dog is not actually at work, it is treated as a family dog and other members of the family can handle it. Normally, only the guide dog owner takes the dog out and then it is practically always in harness and working. However, the guide dog owner could go walking with a partner or friend so they he/she holds his/her companion with the right hand and has the dog on the leash in the left hand (Fueco, 2001). Within limitations, this does not damage the training of the dog in any way. The processing of an applicannot (application, home interview, agency and personal references, medical report) usually requires 4 – 6 weeks to accomplish. Placement in class following final acceptance by the school could take as long as 4-6 months. Usually graduates who are returning to train with another dog are given priority, as such replacement because it is vital to them in order to continue with their lifestyle. Class size is usually limited to 10 to 20 students per class depending on the guide dog school. The guide dog schools do not get financial assistance from the government. These organizations rely solely upon voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. Ways that one can help support a guide dog school are through individual donations, payroll deduction, workplace giving, sponsorship, or even participation in fund raising

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