Guide dogs and deaf dogs have one thing in common: they help disabled people to manage their lives without the support of other people.
Guide dogs for the blind and deaf dogs
A deaf dog supports its disabled owner by alerting them to important sounds. It indicates the ringing of the alarm clock or the doorbell, announces the siren and honking and, if necessary, guides the disabled person to the source of the noise. And he nudges his owner when his name is mentioned or an object has fallen unnoticed.
They give you freedom
Guide dogs for the blind also assist disabled people in their everyday lives. Its task is to enable the blind or severely visually impaired to find their way safely in familiar and unfamiliar surroundings. This dog not only has to indicate or avoid obstacles but also to think along with you: part of its job is to refuse commands that would put its owner in danger, e.g. if the visually impaired person wants to cross the street and a cyclist is just approaching there.
Disobedience if need be
Dogs that work for disabled people must therefore have “intelligent disobedience” and also have strong nerves, be peaceful and resilient. The first aptitude tests are already carried out with puppies, the suitable animals then come to foster families, where they live for about a year, where they are socialized and subjected to further tests. The training itself is very demanding and lasts about a year. Health insurance companies cover the costs for guide dog training, but only rarely for the training of deaf dogs. It is believed that when there is a close bond between humans and animals, their abilities develop “automatically”.