When guide dogs are given to blind people who look after the puppy e g feeding toileting walking etc

Guide dogs are not “just given” to a blind or visually impaired person.

The would-be handler is trained. We learn what to feed, how often and in what quantity. Generally the guide puppy has lived with puppy raisers and at the school, and have a file, which instructors share. “Your puppy eats two cups of “HappyDoggie” kibble a day.” or “Your dog is allergic to beef, so you should feed her chicken based foods.”

We learn how to bathe the dog and clip their nails, clean their teeth etc. We learn how to take the dog out and “leash relieve” them. We learn how to harness and unharness the dog, and how to check for rubbed or sore places where harness straps might have chafed. We learn how to care for the harness, clean it, and oil the leather, or repair it. We learn how to travel with the dog, get on and off buses, escalators (or how to avoid them, as they are VERY dangerous to dog paws!) elevators, trains etc. We learn how to pick up feces (put an inside out plastic bag over your hand, run it down Juno’s back shen she’s reliveving, and then straight down from the tail. It’s there. Pick it up and then reverse the bag! Voila! Feces in bag, bag into waste can.

We learn how to comb, brush, bathe and groom our dogs. We learn what they like and dislike and the dog learns about the student, too. The important point is that the dog looks to US for their daily everything! Food, care, work, relaxation, everything comes from the handler. Thus the dog is focused on us. And yes, training goes on for the dog’s life. Every couple of days or so, we do “Obedience” with the dog. “Come” “sit” “stay” Here” are all gone over in a quick 15 minute recital of the dog’s skills. Lavished with praise or quickly corrected (vocally. NEVER strike your dog!!) and the partnership is rock solid.

Guide dogs are not placed with people who are unable to care for the dog.

People who are blind are most often fully functional adults who cook, clean, have full-time jobs, raise children, garden, and more.

They are perfectly capable of measuring out dog food.

Part of learning to work with their dog includes a toileting routine so they know where the feces are to be cleaned up.

The guide dog’s job is walking, and the dogs are only given to people who will well-utilize them. One of the screening questions from a major organization asks if the person is able to walk at least one mile every day… that’s the minimum, and many guide dog users walk much farther every day.

The purpose of a guide dog is to give greater independence, not to create an additional burden. Therefore, they are only placed where the human involved can easily provide their care.

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When you are awarded a guide dog, you must demonstrate the ability to feed, walk, and clean up after the dog. It is the blind handler’s responsibility to care for the dog in all aspects.

Typically, you are given very thorough training before you can take your guide dog home. In most cases, you stay at the training facilities to introduce yourself to the dog, and to learn how to handle him or her. You are also taught how to care for the dog. When you graduate from this training, you are allowed to take your dog home.

When the dog poops, he or she is trained to guide their handler’s hand to the location by sniffing the pile. When I had my dog, I would ask her where the poop was by saying, “Find it,” and showing her the bag. If she didn’t go, she simply nudged me as if to say, “Let’s move on, I didin’t find the right spot.” She was very particular. She was also trained to poop and pee on command. She always peed, but she didn’t always have to poop.

The blind owner does these things. They can’t see properly or at all but they’re not helpless. Guide dogs are taught to relieve themselves on cue so that the blind person isn’t hunting to clean it up. If you can be a friend to a blind person and let the dog have a rest break to run around with your dog then that’s great. It is a massive trust thing though.

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The blind person. The blind person is also the navigator and driver; the dog just warns about obstacles like people, trashcans, benches, tree branches, etc. The blind person has to be able to travel without getting lost and has to be able to take care of the dog before he/she can get a guide dog.

People who are blind get around the house with no problem. The guide dog helps that person get around outside a bit quicker. Walking and toileting are taken care of when one walks someplace with the guide dog. Feeding is very ordinary. Dog food in a certain cupboard, can opener (if needed) on the same spot on the countertop, Bowl on the floor in a designated place to find and fill. The blind person and the dog are a team who act as one. They’ll have no problems with care and maintenance.

The guide dog owner is responsible for, and trained to perform, all of the tasks required, including feeding, walking, cleaning up poop, bringing to the vet. The blind person must be completely independent in caring for the dog before the dog is released to their care.