International Guide Dog Day is a day to celebrate the empowering effect of guide dogs on the lives of blind and vision impaired individuals. As highly trained and skilled animals, guide dogs allow their guardians to feel secure and safe. Check out the Guide Dogs Victoria website to learn more about the role of Guide Dogs, and the problems faced by their owners and how you can support them.
Guide dogs ARE WELCOME EVERYWHERE!
By law, Guide Dogs can go everywhere you or I can go (with the exception of zoos and certain parts of hospitals). This means that Guide Dogs can travel in taxis, buses, trams, trains and airplanes; go into any restaurant, cafe or food store; go to any entertainment or sporting venue; and stay at any motel, hotel or caravan park.
*GUIDE DOG ETIQUETTE*
It takes a lot of concentration for a person who has impaired vision to work safely with a Guide Dog. To help this team focus on its important work, please follow these tips:
- Please don't pat, feed or otherwise distract the Guide Dog when it is working. A well-intentioned pat can undo months of training.
- Please don't grab the person or the dog's harness.
- When you provide guiding assistance, please walk on the person's opposite side to the Guide Dog.
- Please make sure your pet dog is on a leash or under control around a Guide Dog.
- If you see a loose dog, please contact the local council.
- According to government legislation, you must allow a Guide Dog to go anywhere that the person working with it can go.
- Guide Dogs are fully vaccinated and health checked regularly.