Guide Dogs

Guide dogs have been used for thousands of years and were formally introduced when many soldiers are blinded in World War 1. Guide Dogs help blind or visually impaired people to travel safely and are also excellent companions for them. In this category, there are questions about guide dogs, guide dog training, guide dog centers, etc.

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How many guide dog users are there in the US?

There is no central registration for the Service Dogs or Guide Dogs in the USA.

Based on the number of dogs trained each year and the number of Active Dogs published from each of the schools it's estimated there are between 8,000-20,000 active GUIDE DOGS for the blind in everyday usage. And between 15,000 and 25,000 other Service Dogs in use.

Guide Dogs for the Blind added 343 new dog teams in 2009.

The Seeing Eye Graduated 274 dogs, 74 of which were new dog teams in 2009.

It's estimated that between all the schools in the US, only 1,000 Guide dogs and nearly 2,000 other types of Service Dogs were trained in 2009.

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Poodles

Why are poodles not seeing eye dogs?

1) Poodles don't have the temperament to be seeing eye dogs. They can be high strung and seeing eye dogs are always "on duty" as a working dog.

2) Poodles can and are being used as seeing eye dogs. They are not as common as some of the well-known breeds (Labs, Goldens and German Shepherds) though for several reasons. They are not as likely to be taken seriously as the more popular breeds, and people not looking past the curly coat to read the vest or the harness might deny the guide dog access to a place where it is legally allowed. They are also not as popular with the public as the common guide dog breeds, and therefore it may to hard to find large numbers of fit dogs to train. Also, poodles as a breed can be more reserved then the three breeds listed, though a well-bred well-socialized poodle should do just fine in any situation.

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What is the name of the harness used on a guide dog?

Believe it or not, it's a guide dog harness. ;)

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How long have dogs helped blind people?

After the First World War, many of the veterans were returning home after having lost their sight due to war injuries. The idea to begin training Alsatians to "help" these veterans re-assimilate back into society was born. I believe the first Alsatians were trained in England, and the training of dogs for guide duties was such a success, the concept spread to other countries.

Other breeds have been tried and the best successes have been with the Shephard and the Labrador Retreiver.

A new school was started in Quebec several years ago with a breeding program which crossed the Lab with the Burmese Mountain Dog in an effort to attain the best traits from both breeds to create the best guide dog.

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Where would you go to train to become a guide dog trainer?

San Francisco university? SF, CA

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How many guide dogs are there?

There are too many programs and independent trainers to accurately count how many guide dogs are in place in the world. The most recognized program in the world that trains Guide dogs is the Seeing Eye in Morristown New Jersey. Only dogs trained by the Seeing Eye are properly called "Seeing Eye Dogs." All other dogs trained to guide the blind are called guide dogs. The Seeing Eye reported in their 2007 annual report that they had 1,760 graduate teams in the field.

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How will a guide dog respond if it is ordered to cross a street with heavy traffic?

he will listen

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Are guide dogs pets?

No, guide dogs for the blind are not pets. They are working dogs. They have purposes and training that pets do

not have.

Although they are very much loved by their partners, and they do get to play, much of the time they are working - functioning as they have been trained to lead and protect their partners.

Working or service dogs must be able to go to places pets are not permitted - such as restaurants, office buildings grocery and other stores, and even hospitals and doctor offices.They are socialized and trained for approximately 2 years before they are matched to a partner. Their usual working life-span is about 8-10 years (breed dependent), and may retire in their partner's household as a pet while the person gets another guide dog to be their partner.

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yes they are pets because they are a dog witch is a pet and they are very helpful to the blind the blind think they are very enjoyable like pets are. they are also a pet because the owner has to feed and care for them witch is what you do with a pet

i hope that answers you question

glad to help

Answer also: This is one of those yes and no questions. A beloved animal may be viewed as a treasured companion, like a family member. Guide dogs are trained and assigned to assist the blind and the deaf, companion dogs are trained to assist the elderly and others. Generally they remain the property of the organization that provides the service dog so they are technically not your pet, but they are to be treated as you would a pet you own. I watched a young lady in a wheelchair at a restaurant Saturday night with her service dog. She gave him treats, but his harness had the name of the service organization.

Yes they are. Everyone knows that dumb person.
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How much do Guide dog trainers earn?

Depends on the org, many are volunteers that get no pay and do it in their spare time.

Others are full-time and get between minimum wage to triple depending on the org and their skill level.

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Why are guide dogs good companion dogs?

Because they are well trained and bond with their handlers for life. Guide dogs are selected carefully from intelligent and trainable breeds of dog. Often they come from particular blood lines developed for this purpose. An enormous amount of effort goes into teaching both the dog and its owner.

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Is Buddy The First Seeing Eye Dog Real?

Yes. It spawned the Seeing Eye Organization.

One of the founders of The Seeing Eye was America's first guide dog owner, Nashville resident Morris Frank. Frank was trained with German Shepherd Dog Buddy in Switzerland in 1928.

In 1927, Morris Frank, as a blind man had written Mrs. Dorothy Eustis, and arrived in Switzerland. While there, Mrs. Eustis picked and trained Buddy, a young German Shepherd, to become the first "Seeing Eye Dog" in the United States.

In 1929, Dorothy Eustis returned to the United States. Helped by Morris Frank and Buddy, The Seeing Eye, she established "The Seeing Eye," the pioneer guide dog school in the United States.

Mr. Frank renamed every dog that replaced his original "Buddy", to "Buddy" no matter the gender or original name.

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Who cleans up after guide dogs?

Guide dogs are taught to pee and poop on cue. The dog's "partner" (the blind person) learns how to take care of their dog, including how to collect and dispose of the poop.
Some cities exempt guide dog owners and other service dog owners from scooping laws, but most do not. There is no need for an exemption because blind people are just as capable as sighted people in doing most things, including cleaning up after their dogs. A person doesn't have to see poop to pick it up. Like anyone else, a blind person knows which end of the dog is which, and the dog only toilets on command so they know the when and where of poopology. A hand is inserted in a plastic poop bag like a glove and then the scooper feels around for the warm squooshy stuff, grasps it, and turns the bag inside out. It's exactly the same for a sighted person who walks their dog at night and must scoop in the dark.
Local council i suppose lol =]
The guide dogs blind partner picks up the dogs stool.

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What are the benefits on being a guide dog trainer?

You Get To Give The Dog a happy Job IN Life and you het to help the blind

Guide Dog Puppy Raisers get to do a lot of good work for the vision-impaired. Guide Dog (GD) trainers get to spend time training a well-bred dog to do basic obedience, behave well in public, be good with people of all ages and have patience. They have the opportunity to educate people in their community about service dogs and the plethora of things dogs can do for disabled people. They will know inside that giving up that dog may be difficult, but that dog is going to help someone who really needs it. This goes for all service dog trainers, not just guide dog trainers.

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Can a Collie be a guide dog?

Yes, there have been Collies that are used as guide dogs, although this is relatively uncommon. The Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Labrador and Golden Retriever mixes and German Shepherd are much popular choices as a guide dog.

The Rough Collie's longhaired coat requires regular grooming, and the maintenance is relatively inconvenient for visually impaired people. Both the Rough and Smooth variety is also a heavy shedder. The Collie is also a vocal dog and shows strong herding instincts to chase moving objects, and both behaviors are unacceptable for a guide dog. Shyness and timidity may also appear in some lines and in Collies that weren't socialized well enough, and they are prone to separation anxiety. An ideal guide dog should, however, have a placid, easy-going nature and should remain calm in all circumstances.
Most guide dogs are trained by professional guide dog schools such as Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Seeing Eye, or Canine Companions for Independence. They use mostly labradors and golden retrievers. Guide dogs are usually not owner-trained. Guide dogs have to wear a large harness to assist their handler. Collies have long fur and this type of harness would likely mat their fur. Matted fur is ugly and often painful. Collies have a high maintenance coat and would likely be difficult for a blind person to care for as they can't see the problem areas and would have to do it all by feel. Collies are used as service dogs but I have never seen one as a guide dog.

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What do you need to become a guide dog trainer?

Guide dog training is different from any other kind of training dog. Typical candidates for positions training guide dogs have a college degree in a related field, such as animal behavior. They then spend a three-year apprenticeship with a guide dog school before becoming a full-fledged guide dog trainer/instructor.

The field is extremely competitive. San Francisco State University recently started a masters degree program in Guide Dog Mobility. That is an excellent way to get in the field, but it too is extremely competitive. Basically, though, you need to be an animal lover, not OCD but relaxed and laid back, you need to like people and be comfortable around people with multiple disabilities Experience with dogs and blind people also helps. You can get involved with puppy raising or volunteering with a guide dog school.

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What are three obstacles that are a guide dog might have to deal with on the street?

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Why are guide dogs important?

i think because they are given to blind people and the dog guides them everywhere because they cant see anything
a guide dog is important to help the blind get around safely
Guide dogs are responsible for keeping their human partner safe. This does not mean safe from robbers, but safe from objects in their path, as well as oncoming vehicles. They lead their partner forward, and turn, stop, and go forward, when told to, unless it will place their partner in danger.
It helps them to get around. It acts as their eyes. They are trained to watch out for the person, particularly when crossing the street and when there are other public dangers. They also act as a companion.

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How old do you have to be to raise a guide dog puppy?

To puppy raise for the Seeing Eye (the most recognized guide dog school in the world), you must join 4-H, which requires you to be at least 9 years old. You must also have the support of your parents as someone must be at home during the day to care for the puppy and with you at school that means mom or dad.

The actual trainers, as opposed to puppy raisers, are adults.

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-You dont have to be any age acctually. As long as your a adult you can train a dog. Not 18. But first when a puppy is old enough to be taken away from its mother it goes to a puppy raiser.It stays with the puppy raiser until its at least a year old. German shepards golden retrevers and any kind of lab(black lab yellow lab choclate lab) can be a guide dog. Its hard being a puppy raiser sooner or later you will have to say goodbye to the dog. Then it goes to a trainer.A trainer must be strict. If its not the dog will be bad.Listen I know its cute but when it comes to training separate all your emotions from the dog.If a dog is bad pick it up from its neck 3 feet from ground and say NO. If its a dog just grab its neck and say no. Depends on how much the dog weighs. This is just extra info ok.But any way a guide dog CANT be a

puppy. It has to be a dog. One year old. Puppys are with puppy raiser. Dogs are with trainer. But when it learns to cross a street you have to say good bye. Its hard crossing a street with a dog. Then it goes to someone blind.It leaves the trainer 2years old.

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To be a puppy raiser, which is what I believe you are asking, age is not a factor. It is however, a commitment an entire family must make together. Everyone in the household must be involved in the decision, as you all will be involved in the life of said pup. There are many organizations who utilize puppy raisers in their Service Dog programs, and each organization will have it's own guidelines in choosing families. The best thing to do, if you are interested in volunteering, is to contact a group in your area and inquire about their guidelines and standards. ---- To raise for Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), the largest school in the world, you must be nine or older, although many local clubs have a more stringent requirement (12 is typical). Because of the commitment involved, all minors, particularly those that can't drive, must have parent participation to get to meeting and outings. It's also good to have a parent to take the dog to work when the child can't take it to school on any given day for whatever reason. There are however many kids that "raise" puppies at a much younger age, but their parents are the real, official raisers. GDB wouldn't want an eight year old taking their dog to school with them, without a parent (but they probably wouldn't want a nine year old doing so either; PITs (puppies in training) are better for middle schools and high schools unless they have an adult raiser, who for example works at the elementary school.
That depends on if you're doing it for pay or not. Some states have rules concerning those that train guide dogs for pay. If you aren't going to be paid then I believe there is no restriction. I would have been capable as a teen of training such a dog- having someone believe that it was properly trained and placing it could be another matter altogether. But if you were training a dog for yourself, a family member or a friend I don't think there is any law to stop you. To be safe check on any guide dog laws in your state. And remember it is a HUGE responsibility.
? You can be any age to help, but a professional adult trainer should be doing the work.

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Poodles

Can a poodle be a guide dog?

Yes, Standard Poodles have been used as guide dogs, and they are an excellent breed choice for people allergic to dogs as they don't moult.
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When are guide dogs retired?

Usually after age 10, depending on the program and how well the dog is working. Many dogs retire early because they can no longer perform their function, while other may last past age 13 if their health is good.

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Is a guide dog a male?

Sometimes, they can be male or female

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What qualities should a guide dog have?

First and foremost, a guide dog should have rock-solid nerves. He should be calm and confident, obeying even in the midst of chaos. He should not be easily frightened but also should not be ignorant of real danger when it presents itself. Just as you wouldn't want a guide dog who trembled at the sight of a passing car, you would not want one who stood happily in the road as one speed straight toward it. In other words, you want a dog with an abundance of good common sense.

He should be biddable, which means he should have a desire to please his master and to work as a team member, choosing to perform his job out of loyalty even when it is unpleasant and he'd rather be doing something else (like staying home warm in bed instead of out on the streets in the sleet taking his master to the pharmacy for essential medication).

He should be intelligent and trainable. He should be an excellent problem-solver because it is impossible to predict every possible puzzle a dog might encounter in his working life and he must be able to apply what he knows creatively in new situations to make safe and reasonable decisions.

The ability to exhibit "intelligent disobedience" is also prized. A guide dog intelligently disobeys a command to go forward when it would put his master in danger, such as when a car is coming. When the dog refuses the command, it falls to the owner to determine why and then make an informed decision on whether to proceed anyway, wait, or take a different path.

Since the typical guide dog doesn't begin his working life until he is nearly two years old, and he requires very careful rearing and training costing typically $20,000 to $30,000, a good candidate for guide training must be young enough and healthy enough to have a long working life. Guide dog candidates are screened for health issues such as hip dysplasia before they begin formal training.

Guide dogs should also be of an appropriate size: large enough to work in a guide harness (with its ridged handle that signals the owner) yet small enough to fit in small spaces under chairs and tables. Most guide dogs are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, or Golden Retrievers.
Guide dogs can help people who can't see, they can help other dogs who can't see too,and they help people hear

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Why are guide dogs unlikely to get excited where another dog approaches?

Because they have been extensively trained to not react to distractions while in harness.

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Do guide dogs bite?

It depends, if their trained properly before going to their owner then they wont. However if they feel threatened by another human being then they might.

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Where can you buy a guide dog?

Basically, you can't.

Guide dogs are trained by charitable programs such as the Seeing Eye, specifically for people who qualify as blind. If you are blind, you apply to a guide dog school and if accepted pay a nominal fee for equipment. Some schools retain ownership of the dog for it's life and it must be returned to them when retired.

If you want to adopt a retired guide dog, again, apply at a guide dog school. But these dogs are not sold, just adopted. The waiting lists are typically about three years long and you must pass a rigorous screening to qualify. There are some Guide schools that do not charge anything for either the animal or the equipment, plus cover the costs for the required 28 days of residential training. Some also offer a yearly stipend to help with vet visits and annual vaccinations.
There are many organizations that train them for blind individuals. A search on the internet will yield many across the US, I'm assuming there are also similar resources in other countries.

Other people owner train guide dogs or arrange private trainers to train the dogs for them or some combination of the two.
To get a guide dog you need to be blind or have a severe vision impairment. Guide dogs can be obtained from different foundations (Guide Dog Foundation For The Blink, Royal Society for the Blind, etc.) that breed, raise, and train these magnificent helpers and family canine friends.
A person can sign up to get guide dogs from the UK/US Guide Dog website. A person fills out an application, phone consultation is scheduled, a home visit is scheduled, if application is accepted, one begins classes to get paired with a guide dog.
There are several organizations world wide, but Guiding Eyes for the Blind is stationed in Yorktown Heights, New York, USA.

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