ABOUT GUIDE DOG AWARENESS WEEK
Guide Dog Awareness Week celebrates the critical role Guide Dogs play in enabling people with impaired vision to get around safely and independently. This year, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is launching a new education campaign called ‘Guiding the Way’ to set the record straight on a number of myths and misconceptions about Guide Dogs, in a bid to make the community an easier place to access and enjoy for people with impaired vision. Some common misconceptions being that: the public can treat them the same way as pet dogs; any dog can be trained as a Guide Dog; and that a Guide Dog decides where to go, including crossing roads. The campaign will offer the public a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the training, matching and working life of a Guide Dog. It will feature a public demonstration of "The Puppy to Guide Dog Journey" in Sydney’s Martin Place on Monday 22 April, plus the unveiling of an education kit about the important role of Guide Dogs.
MEDIA: Click here to read the campaign’s media release & backgrounder.
ABOUT GUIDE DOGS
We believe that vision loss doesn’t have to limit a person’s independence.
Guide Dogs play an important role in enabling people with vision impairment to get around safely and independently, and to actively participate in their communities.
WHAT IS A GUIDE DOG?
A Guide Dog is not a pet or companion animal. They are a working dog that has been highly trained to guide someone with impaired vision safely from one destination to another. Guide Dogs have to be treated differently to pets and companion dogs.
GUIDE DOG TRAINING
It costs $30,000 and takes around two years to transform a puppy into a Guide Dog. After being raised by a volunteer carer for their first year, suitable puppies undergo five months of intensive training to learn the tasks, commands and environments they’re likely to encounter when working.
THE GUIDE DOG TEAM
A Guide Dog is carefully matched to suit the lifestyle and travel needs of a person with impaired vision. As well as establishing trust, the team is trained in how to travel together, with the handler learning the right commands and the pair learning common routes.
Click here to learn about common myths & facts
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