January 30, 2002

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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

    permission first. ; Do not honk your horn or call out

    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

    on the dog’s health, but also this ; Always give directions to the

    endangers its routine, weakens handler (not the dog) if the handler

    training, and may distract the dog. has chosen to use you as a guide.

    P.O. Box 20262 RPO Town Centre Kelowna, BC V1Y 9H2

    Telephone: 1 800 561 4774 Email:

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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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