A woman and her Golden Retriever guide dog cross the street.

About Guide Dogs

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What do guide dogs do?

Whether it’s avoiding obstacles, stopping at curbs and steps or negotiating traffic, guide dogs foster independence for their handlers. Guide dogs are among the most highly trained dogs in the world, performing tasks that require intensive standardized training, and are specifically trained to assist someone who is blind or partially sighted with mobility. In fact, guide dogs are the only service dogs trained to disobey their handler's command if it will put their handler at risk. The safety of their handler is the guide dog's number-one priority.

The guide dog’s harness and U-shaped handle facilitate communication between the dog and their handler. In this partnership, the person provides directional commands and the dog ensures the team’s safety.

Guide dogs are not pets. They do serious work.