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Seeing Eye Dogs

What is a Seeing Eye Dog?

A seeing eye dog is an assistance dog that is especially trained to lead blind or visually impaired people.

Individuals who are blind and have the aid of a seeing eye dog tout the animal for their ability to live a seemingly independent life. These dogs can lead their blind owners around their homes, neighborhoods and even down a busy sidewalk in a big city. Seeing eye dogs are able to alert their owners of curbs, stairs, looming obstacles and more. Seeing eyes dogs also have the ability to help a blind individual cross the street. Seeing eye dogs are able to retrieve items their owners may need, as well as alerting their owners to danger.

Seeing eye dogs are also called service dogs and guide dogs.

Where Do Seeing Eye Dogs Come From?

Some seeing eye dogs are selected from breeders specifically because they possess a certain temperament that is required of service dogs. However, many seeing eye dogs are rescued from animal shelters. All dogs who enter the training program to become seeing eye dogs must past a series of rigorous personality tests. If the dog passes the tests, they are then taken to a training facility.

How Much Does a Seeing Eye Dog Cost?

Most seeing eye dogs are free of charge to those that qualify. If a fee is required, the fee is usually very small. The training of seeing eye dogs is generally funded by donations made by individuals, as well as private organizations.

Who Do I Contact to Get a Service Dog?

Ask your physician or Humane Society about programs in your area.

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