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January 30_ 2002


									                      Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians
                       /L'Alliance pour l'Égalité des Personnes Aveugles du Canada

         Guide Dog Facts

                                                               Anthony Tibbs and his
                                                                Guide Dog, Rhodes

 Guide dogs are allowed to accompany their handlers anywhere the general public
  is allowed. Laws prohibit any restrictions!
 A guide dog is bred and trained to assist its blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted
  handler, navigate from place to place during the course of his/her everyday
 The safety of the team depends on the concentration and focus of both the dog
  and handler. It is important that the team not be interfered with.
 Guide dogs are trained to lie quietly when they are not actively guiding, but should
  not be distracted or bothered.
 Do not pet a working guide dog.                Do not intentionally obstruct the
  Guides dogs are “working” even                  dog’s path, grab the leash or
  when the handler is standing in one             harness, or “help” the handler cross
  place or sitting down.                          a street without asking for
 Do not honk your horn or call out               permission first.
  from your car that it’s safe for the           Do not offer food, toys, or other
  handler and dog to cross a street.              distracting treats to a guide dog
  This can be distracting, confusing              without permission. Not only can
  and dangerous.                                  these treats have an adverse effect
 Always give directions to the                   on the dog’s health, but also this
  handler (not the dog) if the handler            endangers its routine, weakens
  has chosen to use you as a guide.               training, and may distract the dog.

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                      Basic Facts That Few People Know
  Dogs are colour-blind, and do not understand traffic lights. Their handlers must
   make the decision of when to cross; however, if the handler makes a mistake and
   the dog notices something that could be hazardous (such as an oncoming bicycle),
   the dog will disobey the command and not move.
  Guide dogs do not know where a store or particular destination is. Their handlers
   must know where they are, and where they are going, at all times.
  Guide dogs are not “on duty” at all times – when they are at home, they have the
   opportunity to play and do doggie things!
  Guide dogs are dogs beneath the harness and, in spite of all of their training they,
   too, can misbehave and make mistakes, and sometimes verbal or leash
   corrections are necessary to remind them of how they should behave.
  Guide dogs are not “protection dogs” – they are specifically selected for their calm
   and pleasant temperaments, and should not bite or be aggressive to the public.
  There are many different guide dog training programs (schools) in North America,
   and only those guide dogs trained by The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ can
   rightfully be called “seeing eye dogs”.

                           Considering a Guide Dog?
The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians does not train guide dogs, guide dog
instructors, or recommend or endorse any particular guide dog training program.

For more information on guide dog training programs which are available, please visit
our website:

     Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians
     Web site:

AEBC Mission Statement
To increase awareness of rights and responsibilities, so blind, deaf-blind and partially
sighted individuals can have equal access to the benefits and opportunities of society.

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