National Seeing Eye Dog Day!

Today is National Seeing Eye Dog Day! In honor of all the hard working seeing eye dogs out there, we thought we’d share some background on what makes these furry friends so remarkable.  Seeing eye dogs are special pups trained to assist their visually impaired or blind owners with safely navigating the world.  Today, Labs, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds are the top three breeds for seeing eye dogs, mostly due to their calm, intelligent and pleasing nature. Guide dogs are allowed to accompany their owner wherever life may take them, whether it’s at work, at a mall or even on an airplane. Most guide dogs are trained to differentiate between “work” and “play” time through wearing their work harness. When a dog is out with their owner in public, it’s important to not disturb the dog and treat it like a pet; your attention can confuse and distract the dog away from their very important job of ensuring their owner’s safety. However, when guide dogs are at home with their owner, they get to hang their harness for the day and enjoy being a normal dog with lots of attention, praise and treats.  Owners are specially matched with their helpful furry friends and they undergo training with each other before venturing out into everyday life.  To learn more about these important companions, check out http://www.guidedog.org/

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