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  • Service Dog Breeds Guiding the Blind

  • According to the World Health Organization, there are an estimated 39 million people that

  • are blind worldwide.

  • Of that, an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of 15 are irreversibly blind.

  • Throughout human history, when man had a need, there’s been a dog there to offer a solution.

  • In many cases, guide dogs offer a life changing experience for the sightless among us.

  • I was eighteen, and that was my first kinda voyage of independence.

  • You know a seeing eye dog when you see him.

  • Of all the service dogs, the Seeing-Eye Dog or Guide Dog is probably the most prevalent

  • in the modern lexicon.

  • The guide dog has been a benchmark for service dogs of all types since the foundation of

  • The Seeing Eye school in Nashville, Tennessee in 1929.

  • Since then, a number of breeds have risen to the top of the class, let’s have a look

  • at them.

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  • Here’s a Trivia Question: How much money does it take to breed, train and support a

  • guide dog throughout his working life?

  • See how you do by commenting below ad well give you the answer later in this video.

  • Well, get to the top guide dogs breeds in a moment, but first, let’s look at how a

  • service dog helps his handler maintain independence despite losing one of our most treasured senses.

  • Studies show owning a pet or therapy animal offer many positive effects.

  • The guide dog especially comes with a variety of benefits and helps in many ways.

  • He gives a blind person more confidence, friendship, and security.

  • Blind people who use service animals have increased confidence in going about day-to-day

  • life and are comforted by a constant, consistent friend.

  • Companionship offered by a service dog helps reduce anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

  • Guide dogs make it easier to get around.

  • As a result, people are more willing to go places and feel a sense of independence.

  • Meeting new people and socializing is easier, and people are more likely to offer a blind

  • person help when there is a service animal present.

  • As a bonus, the animals may also lead to increased interaction with other people.

  • Guide dogs make the experience of the unknown more relaxing.

  • Owners of guide dogs share a special bond with their animal.

  • Many reports claim that the dog is a member of the family, and go to their guide for comfort

  • and support.

  • To them, the dog isn’t seen as a working animal, but more as a loyal friend.

  • Sammy and I are inseparable now. We do everything together and

  • Even if I'm away from her too long, she just knows if I'm upset.

  • She comes over to me and sticks her nose in my face.

  • Now let’s get to our top 5 service dog breeds guiding the blind.

  • 1.

  • Labrador Retriever

  • Across the range of service dogs, the Labrador has emerged as the top contender for most

  • service dog jobs.

  • A Labrador Retriever is a highly versatile dog, with the smarts and curiosity to do a

  • wide variety of things.

  • He is hard-working with an extraordinary intelligence that makes him a good candidate for training.

  • A Lab is also known for his friendliness and sociability.

  • The Labrador sticks close and remains loyal, but doesn’t have the protective instinct

  • of many other breeds that can make it risky to take them into public areas.

  • In fact, he is friendly with everyone, including strangers, children, and other animals.

  • As with all service dogs, it is important to remember that these guide dogs are working

  • animals and shouldn’t be distracted, while they are working.

  • You have to remember that no matter how cute and friendly a service dog is that there is

  • a human being who’s life literally depends on him remaining focused.

  • 2.

  • Golden Retriever

  • Like the Lab, the Golden Retriever is also highly intelligent and easy to train for a

  • wide variety of commands and tasks, he is particularly obedient, he enjoys having a

  • job and loves completing challenges.

  • He is also noted for getting along well with children and other animals.

  • An attribute that is often cited as making the Golden Retriever stand out from the pack

  • is his outstanding ability to tune into the needs of his two-legged companion, correcting

  • his guiding style to accommodate even the slightest discomfort, such as his handler

  • flinching when rubbing against a branch.

  • But, the dog saw the bus and sensing danger his protective instincts kicked in.

  • And this dog literally jumped in front of a bus for his owner.

  • What traits are we looking for in a guide dog?

  • A guide dog must remain focused on his tasks, must be intelligent and obey commands, must

  • be large enough to lead his companion while wearing a harness, and should ideally fit

  • comfortably on public transportation and beneath tables in restaurants and must be healthy

  • with enough stamina to do his job, all this while remaining social and friendly.

  • 3.

  • Goldador

  • The Goldador is a Golden Retriever-Labrador Retriever Mix.

  • He is currently one of the most used breeds for guide dog work.

  • If you have one great dog and mix it with another great dog, chances are youll get

  • an even greater dog.

  • And in the case of the Goldador, that’s exactly what you get.

  • According to the UK-based Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, “Historically the Golden

  • Retriever crossed with the Labrador has produced the most successful guide dog of all, combining

  • many of the great traits of both breeds.”

  • 4.

  • German Shepherd Dog

  • Originally guide dogs were primarily German Shepherds.

  • They were selected because they were widely available after World War I, they were being

  • very well bred to work, could work very long hours, were easy to train, and were good at

  • working out problems or situations for which they were not trained.

  • Later most programs switched to Labrador Retrievers because the German Shepherds were not suited

  • for many clients.

  • Shepherds require confident owners with some skill at training and handling dogs.

  • This is not to say he’s still not in use.

  • He is still one of the most highly intelligent breeds around and for the right person is

  • one of the best breeds for the job of a guide dog.

  • Here’s the answer to your trivia question: It costs around $64,000 US to breed, train

  • and support a guide dog throughout the working life of these highly trained dogs, according

  • to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

  • It can take up to two years of training for each dog, says the Guide Dogs of America.

  • 5.

  • Labradoodle

  • We are quite fond of the Labradoodle.

  • You take all the great qualities that make the Lab an excellent service dog, add the

  • intelligence and hypoallergenic nature of the Poodle and you get an A-Class Guide dog

  • that won’t leave his sightless companion with watery eyes and sneezing fits.

  • Originally developed to be hypoallergenic guide dogs, the first planned crosses of Poodles

  • and Labrador Retrievers were arranged by the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia.

  • The result was a smart and sociable dog who not only possessed a nature appropriate for

  • a guide dog but also had a low-shedding coat.

  • Why is he down here at number 5?

  • As a hybrid, the breed has not yet achieved consistent results in coat or temperament,

  • but he’s getting there.

  • In the future, it’s highly likely that hell become the de facto

  • Guide Dog.

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