Are guide dogs blind?

Asked By: Jody Konopelski
Date created: Tue, Nov 24, 2020 8:00 PM
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Guide dogs (also known as service animals, assistance animals, or colloquially as seeing eye dogs) are assistance dogs trained to lead blind and visually impaired people around obstacles.

Answered By: Tiffany Schaden
Date created: Wed, Nov 25, 2020 10:03 PM
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Guide dogs, a type of assistance dog, are trained to help people in life with disabilities.

Also known as seeing-eye dogs, they are specifically trained to lead blind and visually impaired people, helping them navigate situations or obstacles they normally would not be able to.

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Guide dogs (also known as service animals, assistance animals, or colloquially as seeing eye dogs) are assistance dogs trained to lead blind and visually impaired people around obstacles.

The human does the directing, based on skills acquired through previous mobility training.

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The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (working name Guide Dogs) is a British charitable organisation founded in 1934.

Guide Dogs helps blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision of Guide Dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services.

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Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) is a guide dog school located in the United States, with campuses in San Rafael, California, and Boring, Oregon.

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Initial cost for Guide Dog = $50,000.

Ongoing cost = $1,200 a year.

Estimated working span = 8 years.

Total cost for a guide dog = $59,600.

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Guide Dogs assist blind and visually impaired people by avoiding obstacles, stopping at curbs and steps, and negotiating traffic.

The harness and U-shaped handle fosters communication between the dog and the blind partner.

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The guide dog is also the only recognized mobility aid that enables a blind person to reach destinations with greater speed and confidence by locating obstacles such as steps and ditches and avoiding them.
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