What Does It Take to be a Guide Dog?
31 January 2018 09:00
When you think of a Guide Dog, you may simply think about how they are well trained to assist the blind and partially sighted in making their journeys throughout the day. What you might never have thought about is why each characteristic makes Guide Dogs great at what they do. From intelligence to being family orientated, Guide Dogs are more than just a walking companion! So we’ve compiled fact file info-graphics with a rating system generated by @pets4homes to give you and glimpse of 3 top guide dog breeds.
Intelligence is a no-brainer when it comes to a Guide Dog’s characteristics, they are essentially responsible for the safety of their owner when travelling. This intelligence makes them easy to train which is all important since they have to go through three stages of training through the @GuideDogsUK charity. That is, being walked as puppies and learning basic obedience, early training which involves avoiding obstacles and crossing roads and advanced training, being matched to a prospective owner and catering to their specific needs.
Being good with children is also another important characteristic for Guide Dogs because children themselves sometimes require them, not to mention that those who use Guide Dogs may have young family members. The dogs need to be well suited to family dynamics and that means being adaptable to children of all ages.
Cost to keep and exercise needs are also major contributing factors. This is not surprising considering Guide Dogs have to be kept in optimum health so that they can care for their owner. After the cost of training, food and health insurance can contribute greatly to the maintenance of Guide Dogs, meaning these intelligent group of dogs don’t come cheap.
In support of Guide Dogs UK, Envii donates 10% of sales from the product Pet Fresh to the charity to help raise funds and awareness to this cause. We would love for you to contribute by simply joining our #NameAPuppy competition through liking our Facebook page and sharing this post.
In the meantime, here are the top 3 Guide Dog breeds and their 5 ratings in 5 Guide Dog Essential Characteristics: