Guide dogs can be essential to someone with a significant sight impairment. Guide dogs must possess a special patience and intelligence to continuously perform when in active duty. They must have the focus and attention they need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. A guide dog can stop and stay at a curb making sure to disallow crossing until given a release command. A guide dog can stop a person from walking into oncoming traffic or some other danger. A guide dog can learn to open doors and lead a person through crowded streets or buildings.
We do not train guide dogs at this time, but we may include guide dog training in the future after we establish Assistance Dog International program certification. The reason for this is that guide dogs are exceedingly more time-consuming and intricate in their training. DireWolf Guardians would like to make sure that we are accredited with the highest recognition before tackling this type of assistance dog.
That being said, we can train an assistance dog for someone with a milder visual impairment who may not need such a strict adherence to guide dog training. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the severity of the impairment and the overall recipient’s needs.