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 Awareness 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 activities. 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. Etiquette 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. P.O. Box 20262 RPO Town Centre Kelowna, BC V1Y 9H2 Telephone: 1 800 561 4774 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: www.blindcanadians.ca 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 E-mail: email@example.com Web site: http://blindcanadians.ca/resources/index.php?CategoryID=8 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.