Guide Dogs

Guide dogs perform very demanding jobs for most of their life, thus providing invaluable service to their masters.
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  • 1The typical canine companion certainly gives his owner immeasurable happiness.
  • 2Not only that, but it's also obvious that the dog lives a life of remarkable leisure.
  • 3But some dogs happily perform very demanding jobs for much of their life,...
  • 4...putting in a full day's work just like the rest of us.
  • 5They are guide dogs, one of the most familiar sorts of working dog.
  • 6They provide an invaluable service to humans.
  • 7Every day, they help blind or visually impaired people get around more safely.
  • 8Furthermore, in most countries, they are allowed anywhere that the public is allowed,...
  • 9...so they can help their masters be any place they might want to go.
  • 10To do this, a guide dog must know how to:...
  • 11...keep on a direct route,...
  • 12...ignoring distractions such as smells, other animals and people.
  • 13Maintain a steady pace, to the left and just ahead of the master.
  • 14Stop at all curbs until told to proceed.
  • 15Turn left and right, move forward and stop on command.
  • 16Recognize and avoid obstacles that the master won't be able to fit through.
  • 17Stop at the bottom and top of stairs until told to proceed.
  • 18Bring the master to elevator buttons.
  • 19Lie quietly when the master is sitting down.
  • 20Help the master to board and move around buses, subways and other forms of public transportation.
  • 21Obey a number of verbal commands.