Archive for September, 2009

Guide Dogs & Their Owners


by Winam

Guide Dogs & Their Owners

With the increased mobility and independence gained through the use of a guide dog, the confidence of the blind or visually impaired person soars.

Well trained guide dogs are intelligent, alert, and always willing to serve.

Amongst other things a guide dog is taught to:

• Walk in a straight line in the centre of the pavement unless there is an obstacle.

• Not to turn corners unless told to do so.

• To stop at kerbs and wait for the command to cross the road, or to turn left or right;

• Amazingly they are taught to judge height and width so that its owner does not bump their head or shoulder

• How to deal with traffic.

Matching the correct dog with the correct owner takes skill and experience. The owner’s length of stride, height and lifestyle all contribute to the type of guide dog they will be matched with. Dog and owner will spend up to four weeks of intensive training together until they qualify together. The visually-impaired owner often pays only a token 50p for their dog. The guide dog is then awarded a white or yellow harness.

Some Do’s & Don’t’s When Meeting A guide Dog

• Don’t give the dog commands. Only it’s master can do so.

• Don’t walk on the dog’s left side as it may become distracted or confused.

• Do walk on the owner’s right side but several paces behind him.

• Don’t attempt to grab or steer the person while the dog is guiding him or her attempt to hold the dog’s harness.

• Do ask if the owner needs your assistance and, if so, offer your left arm.

• Don’t give the dog table scraps. Do respect the master’s need to give the dog a balanced diet and to maintain its good habits.

• Don’t allow children to tease or abuse the dog.

• Do allow it to rest undisturbed.

• Don’t allow your pets to challenge or intimidate a guide dog.

• If permission is granted, Don’t pat the dog on the head. Do stroke the dog on the shoulder area.

Robin

Robin is a disability access auditor http://www.access-auditing.com and a UK disability directory owner http://www.ableize.com

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Different ages, but cloned in Korea from the same deceased mother.

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Opinión / 意見

Image by * Cati Kaoe *
Ultimamente a mi perro le dio por comerse el diario para llamar la atención.. (y eso q esta viejote ya)..
O quizas no le parece bien lo que sale en las noticias =P
si quieren ver a mi perro:
Aqui o AQUI XD!!

A Howler

Image by TBSteve
Time for a tune up?

Question by Briana Lee: What contests are there for “cutest dog” , nationally or just in Florida?
I want to enter my Mowgli (my pride and joy english cocker spaniel) in some dog contests. He is already an AKC show dog and is successful, however i want to enter him in just some fun competitions for him to show the world how adorable he is :) I’ve googled it with no success, can anyone tell me of any contests? Thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Falling1nReverse
there is one on weather.com thats probably not what your looking for though

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Q&A: Where can I buy Canidae dog food?

Question by Kenz: Where can I buy Canidae dog food?
I have recently looked up which dog foods were low fat, and almost every website said that this dog food, “Canidae”, was good. I would just like to know where to buy it.

Best answer:

Answer by *Bluemoose* Throwing HoTs
http://www.canidae.com/company/storelocator.html

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Question by a gal and her dog: Dog training class requiring “training collar” – what do you think?
They haven’t met my dog, and didn’t specify what kind of training collar was required. My dog is rather sensitive to corrections, except on-leash ones.

What do you think?
The class is intermediate obedience, and my dog isn’t too sensitive to light corrections (quick tug on the leash, verbal “no” corrections). I took her for a test run with the choke chain (it was pictured in the brochure with correct instructions) last night and she was fine. If I can find the Martingale we used before I lost it, I think I’ll go with that. Thanks everyone!

Best answer:

Answer by divemasterme
NO! that could be either a shock collar or a choke collar! There are much much better ways to train your dog that by harming him, run far far away from that trainer!

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