Become a Guide Dog Champion
About Guide Dogs
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.
Other Working Dogs
There is still much confusion surrounding the differences between guide dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support animals – particularly about the rights and legislation that protect them.
In all of Canada's 10 provinces and three territories, legislation prohibits discriminating against a person with a disability who is working with a guide dog. Discrimination includes denial of access to any premises to which the public would normally have access.
Rights & Responsibilities
Business owners have a responsibility to ensure the rights of guide dog teams are respected – meaning business owners cannot deny access or refuse service to guide dog teams.
Guide Dog Etiquette
If you encounter someone and their guide dog, please follow proper guide dog etiquette to ensure the safety of the guide dog team.