The primary role of a Guide Dog is to assist its user to avoid obstacles in their immediate path. The dog walks slightly forward of its user and will stop at or walk around objects or people. The user holds onto a handle which is connected to a body harness fitted to the dog.
A Guide Dog can allow a person to walk at their preferred pace especially in complex situations such as crowds. Many people find moving about with a Guide Dog less stressful then other means of getting about.
The dogs are taught special techniques for using stairs and lifts, as well as learning to use all forms of public transport. They also become used to going into food shops, restaurants and public buildings.
Can I apply for a Guide Dog?
A person does not have to be blind to apply for a Guide Dog, and there are no age restrictions.
Upon request, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will assess a person's suitability for training with a Guide Dog. If the application is successful, the person is supplied with a fully trained Guide Dog, an intensive training course with the dog, all the necessary equipment such as harnesses, leads and so forth. As well, complete post-training and follow-up programs are provided. All the these services are provided free of charge to the client.
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