How Guide Dogs Make a Difference to Blind People

For people who are blind, their greatest help and friendship comes from a “seeing eye dog” or Guide dog.  There are also adults and kids who are visually impaired meaning that they have not lost all of their sight, but still need assistance.  Many dogs are colour blind and that means that they cannot be counted upon to interpret traffic lights.

Who is in Charge?

The human is always in charge and needs to know where he or she intends to go.  With human instruction, the dog is the pilot who gets them there safely.


 Which Country First Used Guide Dogs? 
Germany first used Guide Dogs.  Many soldiers returning from World War I (1914-1918) were blind and German Shepherds were the first breed to be used

Which Breed of  Dog is Best

Guide dogs are chosen for their nature (peaceful, kind).  They also have to be intelligent so that they can be trained.  The best breeds are Golden Retrievers, Labradors and German Shepherds.  Other intelligent breeds can be used: Standard Poodles, Collies, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds and Vizslas.

Benefits of Owning a Guide Dog

A Guide Dog becomes a friend.  The dog gives a blind person more confidence and security.  Having a dog friend who loves you helps reduce a blind person getting lonely or depressed.  Having a dog that helps you takes away a lot of anxiety.

 

A blind owner stays healthy as the dog needs to be walked.  Many people do not know how to talk to blind people and seeing a person’s dog may spark a conversation.  Talk to your parents about speaking to a blind person.  Perhaps, they will speak first and you can join in the conversation.  If there is a blind student in your school, make sure you talk with him or her.  A blind student may not SEE you but they can HEAR you , and FEEL the kindness in your voice.

Kids or adults in wheelchairs just cannot use their legs.  They are just like you.  Speak to them.  Set a good example and be a leader.  If you speak to blind or wheelchair kids others will too.

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