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Guide dogs for the blind have to go through much more training today than previously. With all the heavy lanes of traffic, push button walk signals and all the changes that have taken place during the last years it isn’t easy. Training is much more complicated but these dogs still pass with flying colors. Without these guide dogs, blind people would have much less chance of living a normal life. During a lifetime a blind person will go through several dogs, but when the dogs retire, they can stay with the owners if it’s agreeable.

Guide dogs for the blind have to be more intensely trained than previously. It’s a whole new ball game with button activated walk signals, skate boards, quiet cars, other dogs and heavy traffic. Dog Trainers work hard to assure that your dog wont be distracted anywhere. Anything that keeps a dog from focusing on his duty is a distraction. Never pet a guide dog without the owners permission. If you meet a guide dog and his owner, be sure your dog is kept leashed.

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Guide dogs are taught to keep their masters safe. If the dog considers a command unsafe, he will not move. The owner must trust his dog and follow his lead. Guide dogs must watch for cars turning on red, six lane streets. traffic islands, baby strollers, handicapped ramps, objects on the sidewalks and curb cuts. Some blind people use a GPS to keep track of where they are but no technical gadget can take the place of a guide dog. The dog owner is the leader and is responsible for caring for the dog and giving him praise. They must share a bond of love and trust. Owner and dog work as a team.

Guide Dogs for the Blind, which has a campus in San Rafael, north of San Francisco, trains about 2,500 of the guide dogs working in the U.S. They breed the puppies, and place those who qualify with trainers for 16 months. Then, the dogs train about three months at the school and go to a handler for further training. The school pairs dogs with masters that have a similar personality. If the blind person can’t afford a vet, the school pays for it. Most guide dogs retire at 8 or 10 years old. They can stay with their owners or go to an adoptive home.

One of the good things about Guide Dogs for the Blind is, they offer support throughout the life of the dog,and it’s free. One person may be paired with several dogs throughout his life time and the organization is there to help through each transaction

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  1. zulfikar

    On October 7, 2011 at 2:46 am

    dogs are always helpful. obedient and good friend, always near-by in need.

  2. binyumanyun

    On October 7, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Well written..

  3. Socorro Lawas

    On October 7, 2011 at 3:37 am

    God provides eyes for the blind.

  4. PJ Fox

    On October 7, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Excellent article. Good topic. But, I was under the impression peoople had to pay for the guide dogs.

  5. jennifer eiffel01

    On October 7, 2011 at 4:39 am

    How great!

  6. Sunjhini

    On October 7, 2011 at 5:54 am

    good information… nice share

  7. Moses Ingram

    On October 7, 2011 at 7:40 am

    A very good share. Thank you.

  8. megamatt09

    On October 7, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Dogs are always great companions.

  9. socialbookstatus

    On October 7, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Enjoyed the article. Nice job…

  10. wonder

    On October 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Mutual dependence, man and animal can never be better.

  11. sunshineleo05

    On October 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for writing about this topic. I think that guide dogs are very important and I fully support the continued use of these loyal and intelligent dogs to do their jobs. It must be increasingly difficult to train these dogs, especially in the city. I have read articles in the past about guide ponies (they use miniature horses!) but I think that dogs are best suited for this kind of aid.

  12. SharifaMcFarlane

    On October 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

    It’s good that they are taught to evaluate the commands before obeying.

  13. LoveDoctor

    On October 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Good information & well-written. It’s dangerous for people to be crossing the street in one of those motor wheel chairs while dog is pulling it. I believe these people are blind as well.

  14. trruk1

    On October 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

    They are wonderful dogs. And you are absolutely correct about petting the dog. Always ask first.

  15. Atanacio

    On October 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Great article :) Frank

  16. papaleng

    On October 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Not all dogs are good blind guide.

  17. Shirley Shuler

    On October 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Excellent article Ruby, aren’t guide dogs a wonderful thing.

  18. Christine Ramsay

    On October 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    A really interesting post, Ruby. I have a great admiration for these wonderful dogs.

  19. FX777222999

    On October 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Good and useful for a long time.

  20. LCM Linda

    On October 7, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Dog is really helpful to humans.

  21. yes me

    On October 8, 2011 at 9:13 am

    The dog is mans best pal no doubts here cheers Ruby

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