Become a Guide Dog Champion
Guide dogs and their handlers are allowed access to any premises to which the public would normally have access. It’s the law.
Show your support for guide dog teams in your community and become a Guide Dog Champion!
- Call 1-800-563-2642 to order your very own FREE window decal.
- Display it at your business’s storefront or checkout to show your support of guide dog teams in Canada and to raise awareness that guide dogs are legally allowed anywhere the public has access.
- Challenge other business owners in your community to become Guide Dog Champions. Speak to them about the rights of guide dog teams and encourage them to display a "Guide Dogs Welcome" decal in their storefronts.
- Print our colouring activity sheet for children or youth visiting your establishment to complete! The activity sheet features an illustrated guide dog team that can be coloured however the artist chooses, in any setting they can imagine going with their guide dog.
- Talk to your friends, family and colleagues about the rights of guide dog teams in your community.
- Print this Guide Dogs Fact Sheet and share it with your employees so they are familiar with the rights of guide dog teams and the legal responsibilities of businesses.
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share our posts about guide dogs.
- Post a photo of your “Guide Dogs Welcome” window decal displayed in your business using the hashtag #GuideDogChampion.
- Take a photo of a guide dog team in your establishment – with their permission, of course! Share the photo using the hashtag #GuideDogChampion.
- If a guide dog team enters your establishment, ask the handler if they'd like a water bowl for their guide dog.
- Make yourself and your co-workers aware of guide dog etiquette, provincial legislation, and the difference between guide dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support animals.
- Join our Guide Dog Champion mailing list to stay up to date on advocacy issues surrounding Guide Dogs and how you can get involved!
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.