GUIDE DOG AWARENESS

Since it’s national guide dog day, we figured it would be appropriate to spread the awareness about guide dogs, their jobs and the most adorable photos we could find. Guide dogs are an important part of many people’s day to day lives, guiding them and being their support blanket. These puppies and owners form an incredible trusting and loving bond together. To help celebrate and spread more awareness about these amazing creatures, we have gathered the cutest photos of all the different types of guide dogs, along with some interesting facts about them.

All the images are credited to @Guidedogsuk instagram

The average working life of a Guide Dog is eight to nine years. They would generally be placed with a client by the age of two years and retired before the age of 11 years. Guide dogs spend most of their lives, helping people, isn’t that amazing? Being a genuine best friend to people in need and helping them daily with their intelligent.

Labrador Retrievers are currently the most popular breed used for Guide dog training.. Most programs use Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, or different crosses between Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers as great guide dog candidates. Some programs use Labradoodles, Boxers, or Chesapeake Bay Retrievers as well for the programmes. Of course all the other dogs are amazing too!

Many guide dogs have the ability to recognise obstructions for their owner. A guide dog has the ability to identify obstacles at head height which a cane, that the owner would own, would not be able to identify. For example, if there is a low hanging tree branch, a guide dog will be able guide their owner around the obstacle. Their intelligence is definitely something that is worth awareness for how hard these dogs work.

The training period for a guide dog from the time of its birth is anywhere between 15-18 months. They go through different stages in their training. There are different sets of expert instructors, some specialise in training for deaf-blind individuals or individuals with multiple needs. These adorable puppies, grow up in these training programs, becoming well trained adult guide dogs.