Are guide dogs free?

Asked By: Gordon Murray
Date created: Fri, Nov 27, 2020 8:32 AM
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The person must be legally blind, able to travel independently (good orientation and mobility skills), and well-suited to work with a dog.

All of our services are provided completely free of charge to our clients.

See if you're ready for a guide dog.

Answered By: Destinee Streich
Date created: Sat, Nov 28, 2020 10:35 AM

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.


When you see a guide dog on the job, it is extremely important that you recognize that it is at work.

Guide dogs work very hard every day, but they lead extremely happy lives, full of lots of attention and stimulation.

Dogs only end up working as Guide dogs if they absolutely love the work.


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.


With the exception of breeding dogs, all guide dogs are neutered.

Male puppies are castrated during the puppy-walking period at approximately 8 months of age and bitches are spayed after their first season.


In essence, service dogs are indeed allowed to bark, and may even be trained to do so under specific circumstances.

They are only allowed to bark non-aggressively, though, in a manner in line with their training.


If the dog's back is flat, it's peeing — male guide dogs are trained to not lift their leg when peeing; they utilize the same "lean forward" pee stances that females use — and no cleanup if needed.

Once the dog is finished, the handler just leans down with their plastic bag and can find the poop pretty easily.


A guide dog's average working life is six to seven years and they are normally retired at about 10 or 11 years old, depending on their health and the amount of work they need to do.

A retired guide dog can stay with its owner, as long as someone else can take responsibility, but a new home can also be nominated.

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