Why Guide Dogs Are Important?

Amie Radores According to the National Federation of the Blind, it is estimated that 10 million people in America alone are blind or visually impaired. Blindness in most parts of the world happens to people as the result of genetic defects, trauma, diseases, nutrient deficiency conditions and age.

We sometimes see a blind person being led by a guide dog, Guide dogs play a very significant role in the lives of the blind and the visually impaired people.

Guiding people, particularly the blind and visually impaired is one of the age old assistance ability of canines to humans. Guide dogs have been around in the earlier times of man. Proof of their guiding ability were discovered on wall paintings, scrolls, wood carvings, tales and stories all over the world.

The special needs of the blind and the visually impaired.

The blind and the visually impaired unlike us visually-abled people faces a lot more challenges and risks. And because of these circumstances, canines are tapped with their ability to accompany people with less visual capacities. Just like other assistance dogs with specialized abilities, guide dogs through extensive training, patience, motivation and practice are able to lead its blind partner safely through various obstacles, curbs and barriers. Guide dogs normally have met the highest standard of obedience and performance to ensure safety in the lives of both the handler and its own life.

The ‘theory of the mind.’

Although theoretically there is no proof to determine the case, a guide dog basically has no idea that the person, partner or handler that needed his companionship is actually blind and that the concept really doesn’t mean anything to the animal yet still it unceasingly adapt to the limitations being subjected to him that goes with the training.  His only option in mind was to maintain constant physical contact with his partner companion.

The significant roles of guide dogs to people.

There are a number of valuable reasons why guide dogs are important to people particularly the handicapped like the blind and visually impaired, seniors and other physically challenged individuals.  Below are some of the most significant:

Gain confidence. Blind and visually impaired individuals will be able to gain more confidence, develop self-esteem and the feeling of security. The feeling of fear in a world of uncertainty can be treacherous and could sometimes lead to disasters and accidents. In order to conquer this feeling for the blind and the visually impaired, the companionship brought by the guide dog will help them somehow overcome this fear for them to function productively and achieve certain goals in their regular activities.

Manage stress, anxiety and boredom. Like any other dog companion, guide dogs will help one reduce stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness through the comfort of their constant companionship.

Better wellbeing. Since a dog’s companionship has been proven stress-busters through a number of activities with them. Physical routine exercises being done together with them like walking, running and jogging results in a better and improved physical as well as mental health.

Improved socialization.  People going places with their guide dogs can maximize their time getting and going to more social places other than their homes. Dogs are proven ‘ice breakers in every social discussions. In more cases, dogs can offer life changing experiences.

Loyal friendship.  For people needing constant friendship, a dog is an abled being always ready and at all times could offer true and unconditional companionship through time and ages.

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