FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Q:
What are the most common breeds of Guide Dogs?
A:
The most common breeds are Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers.

Q:
What makes a good Guide Dog?
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Q:
At what age do the dogs begin their training?
A:
Most dogs begin their formal training between twelve and eighteen months of age.

Q:
How long does it take to train a Guide Dog?
A:
It varies from dog to dog, approximately five to eight months.

Q:
How long does a blind person train with their dog?
A:
The training class runs for approximately one month. During this time, the clients stay in residence at our Training Centre.

Q:
How long does the blind person work with their dog?
A:
Most Guide Dogs work for a period of approximately eight years.

Q:
What happens to the Guide Dog when it is retired?
A:
CGDB make this decision on an individual case-by-case basis, but our dogs are always guaranteed a loving home.

Q:
Do Guide Dogs watch the traffic lights?
A:
No. The decision and responsibility to cross a road lies solely with the Guide Dog User. The Guide Dog User is taught how and where to cross safely

Q:
When can you pet a Guide Dog?
A:
If the dog is in harness, it is working and should not be distracted. The dog may be petted only after permission has been granted by the Guide Dog User.

Q:
Does a Guide Dog have time to play?
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Yes, when not working, just like a house pet.

Q:
Can you give a Guide Dog treats?
A:
No. The Guide Dog is fed only at meal times so that it never learns to scavenge. This also helps to monitor the dog's general health and keep it in very good condition for its work.

Q:
How much does the Guide Dog cost the User?
A:
The User leases the Guide Dog for $1.00 from Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. The User is responsible for the care, feeding and veterinary costs.

Q:
How is Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind funded?
A:
The organization is funded almost solely from donations made by individuals, corporations, service clubs, Foundations and from proceeds raised at events.