Guide dog

Guide dog is a specially trained dog to serve as an extra pair of eyes for a blind or visually impaired person.
This is not a job every dog can do. The most suitable specimens should be calm and well balanced. They should also have a strong psyche. To some extent the breed matters as well. A guide dog cannot be too small or too heavy. Its appearance may have a major influence on relations between the blind person and social environment. That’s why friendly-looking dog with floppy ears (e.g. Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever) would be preferred, rather than a so-called attack or guard dog with ears standing right up (e.g. German Shepherd).
The training takes about a year. During this time the dog learns a number of commands, including: leading the blind person along the chosen side of the pavement, pointing to an empty seat in public transport, in the park, at the bus stop, finding and picking up objects dropped by the blind person, signalling traffic lights, kerbs and crossings, avoiding obstacles on the route, leading the blind person to a litter bin, doors, stairs etc. and marking each stair. Guide dogs are also trained to use an escalator.
Dogs trained by the Charity systematically develop their skills, even after being put at the blind person’s home. Participation in such trainings is obligatory for both the dog and the blind person. The trainings take place whenever needed, but no less than every 6 months.
If you wish to have your dog trained by the Charity, please contact us.