Guide Dogs – Amazing Animals; For most people getting a dog is something that people do for companionship when they are lonely or just to add a special member to the family. For others however it is something that is necessary to their independence and in some cases their very survival. This is where guide dogs and other service or assistance animals come into play. For some people they would not even be able to leave home or even navigate around familiar places without guide dogs. The level of independence that such animals give back to their owners alone makes them great assets. When you figure in all the other things these animals can do for their owners – such as keeping them safe from harm – then you have some truly amazing animals.
The first guide dogs were introduced in Germany to assist German soldier that had been blinded while fighting during World War 1. It wasn’t until the late 1920’s that the concept found its way to the United States when a guide dog was given to a United States senator in Minnesota. Over time the popularity of guide dogs grew to the point that they became available to nearly anyone that was blind and had a need for them.
One of the things that makes guide dogs for the blind so amazing is their ability to help their handlers navigate around various obstacles. While most of these animals can’t tell complex colors apart they can perceive many different dangers. When one of these animals thinks something may be a danger they expertly navigate the person around that obstacle. They also let their handlers know when there are steps that present the need for the person to step up or down whichever the case may be. This one thing alone prevents a great many falls that could result in serious injury to the person.
In addition to their skills and training as service animals, guard dogs also make great companions for their handlers. This is especially helpful in cases where the person lives alone or spends a great deal of their time alone. It’s like having a friend when no one is around. Even though these are primarily service animals they still often form strong emotional attachments to their owners. These animals are also fiercely loyal to their handlers and have a very highly tuned work ethic. Basically this means that when they are working they are focused on the task at hand which is keeping the blind person that they are guiding safe from whatever harm may present itself. This includes diverting them around items that may be in their path, preventing them from wandering into traffic and even protecting them from potential attackers. Regardless of the perceived danger these animals will go above and beyond to protect their handlers because that is what they are trained to do.
The most common dogs that are used as guide animals include German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and Labradors. There are several reasons for this including their high intelligence levels and various ranges in size. Guide animals are often chosen in relation to the height of the person they will be assisting. In addition to this dogs of these breeds or often more susceptible to training than other breeds thus making them better choices for such jobs and they also have excellent work ethics.
Guide dogs are just one example of animal that assist people with disabilities. There are also dogs that help those who are deaf or hearing impaired as well as those who assist people with various other disabilities. That is not to mention the hundreds of dogs that work as service or rescue animals with various different agencies including military and law enforcement. Each of these animals are specially trained for whatever their work entails and each and every one is amazing for the good that they do.