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At what age can you get a guide dog?
Yes, a child or young person can apply for a guide dog. There is no minimum age as we’ll assess each application individually. The criteria, method of training and skills taught are the same as for an adult. For more information please contact the Children and Young People team on the 0800 781 1444 or email them.
What is the criteria to get a guide dog?
In order to apply for a guide dog, applicants must be legally blind and can demonstrate the need for a guide dog to help them remain safe and effective in their everyday travel. We also look for clients that can independently travel practical and purposeful routes with their current mobility device.
Is a guide dog free?
How much will a Guide Dog cost? In most cases, there is no cost to you. Most Guide Dog organisations fundraise to cover the costs of providing dogs. Some organisations receive some funding from insurance companies.
What is it called when a guide dog fails?
Career change dogs, also unfortunately known as failed training dogs, are a great alternative to many families who desire a specific breed and/or a pet with an obedience training background.
What happens to guide dogs that don’t make the cut?
They go up for adoption. Just because they didn’t make the Guiding Eyes cut doesn’t mean they’re not fine pets. Many service training organizations have their own, in-house public adoption programs. The demand for these released dogs is also extremely high.
What happens to dogs that get career changed?
In most cases, career change dogs are adopted by their puppy raisers. Others may go on to work in search and rescue, hearing or service dog training, agility, cancer detection, or pet therapy. Some of these dogs may not be suitable for homes with young children or other pets.
What dogs are good guide dogs?
Labradors, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds have been and remain our most common pure breeds on the programme. Historically the Golden Retriever crossed with the Labrador has produced the most successful guide dog of all, combining many of the great traits of both breeds.
What dog breeds are seeing eye dogs?
The Seeing Eye breeds its own German shepherds, Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers and Labrador Golden crosses.