What is a Guide Dog?
Guide Dogs are a type of service dog specifically trained to assist a person who is blind or visually impaired. In order to understand a Guide Dog's role, first it is helpful to know more about service dogs. Take a look at the chart below. Click a circle to learn more.
Service Dogs are task
trained to help a person with a
disability. This means they perform
a specific job or behavior to help mitigate the impacts a disability has on a person's daily life. They are allowed in all public places, including housing and transportation, because of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Guide Dogs are one type of service dog.
Therapy Dogs are dogs that have
undergone specific training in order to be
out in public places with select populations. Agencies able to provide this training will also provide details regarding certifications, training processes and locations that are appropriate. These dogs are not granted access to locations due to any legislature.
Animals can be any type of pet.
ESA's provide support and comfort to one
or more members in their household. While there are not specific criteria for training, ESA's are given protections through the Fair Housing Act. While they cannot go out in public places, they can live in non-pet friendly residences. Documentation from a physician is required.
For more information from the ADA distinguishing between these types of dogs, click here.
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Learn more about the work a Guide Dog is trained to do. These tasks help provide safe and independent travel for blind or visually impaired handlers.
Guide Dogs are a specific type of service animal that has been trained for people who are blind or visually impaired. Guide Dogs are able to help by guiding their handler safely from one point to another. They are able to accompany their handler in public places as outlined in the Americans With Disabilities Act.
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