Give up? I am at a training facility for guide dogs, where everywhere, including the office, there are dogs being played with, spoiled with love, and working hard with their trainers. Now that I have given you a mental picture of what a guide dog training facility looks like, you might like to know what they actually do there. At least that is what I wanted to know. I was amazed after seeing a student at Florida State University with his guide dog, and watching the two interact together.
Guide dogs have a profound impact on people’s lives as well as a vast history, extensive training, and pairing dogs with the blind. It is necessary for guide dogs to have a good disposition so that they are able to lead the blind person intelligently and safely. Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Standard Poodles are most commonly used in leading the blind because they are intelligent and hard workers. These dogs are all well recognized breeds that have great dispositions. “These qualities include good disposition, intelligence, physical fitness, and responsibility” (“Guide Dog”).
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Later in Germany, they were used guard and police dogs as they were very alert. After World War 1, the Boxer came to America, where their popularity in the states. Whereas, American Staffordshire terrier has a backgro... ... middle of paper ... ... well as a good family pet. The Boxer also has another advantage over the American Staffordshire, and that it is excellent with all children. Finally, the Boxer also does well with other pets in the household.
Labs are one of the most preferred service dogs for their willingness to learn, their love for people, and their soft actions. These dogs are naturally calm and hardly ever aggressive. However, they can also be trained to be police dogs along with German Shepherds. Not only are these dogs great temperament wise, they are also gorgeous animals. These dogs can come in three different colors, black, yellow, or chocolate.
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