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Guide Dogs

… oder heißt es doch “Blindenhund”? 😉

Guide dogs lead completely or partially blind people. By using a special harness, the dogs can ensure easy and safe movement, even through traffic. They show them where the stairs are, for example, or obstacles, entrances, exits, postboxes, lifts, and switches, and provide a variety of ways to assist. What is special about blind guide dogs is that they must not only be very reliable, but also be able to refuse a command if their actions will cause a hazard.

Pfotenpiloten and Guide Dogs

In Germany, health insurance companies pay for partially and completely blind people to have a guide dog if a doctor has prescribed them and they meet the requirements of mobility and conditions of living. Additionally, they receive all the financing for food, vet visits, additional training etc. The guide dog itself is also completely free for the owner.

The following video documentary includes audio description. She describes the everyday life of a guide dog owner and clarifies why training with positive methods clearly produces a better guide dog.

Oder heißt es doch “Blindenhund”?

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In this report, a dog owner finds a lot of critical words alongside the many compliments for her dog. A guide dog is very important for an owner who relies on them and whose life is shaped around this team. It is extremely painful when when errors in training, lack of fitness or insufficient of health of the dog hinder cooperation in the team. By supporting conscientious, hard working trainers, continually checking their standards, and giving a documented examination, we are working towards improving the quality in this field.

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A guide dog owner describes the duties and advantages that accompany having a guide dog.

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The training of a guide dog is complex. Not all dogs are appropriate for the role. But the relatively high cost generally pays itself back pretty quickly, especially if the owner can still pursue their occupation with the assistance dog

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What must a guide dog be able to do? This video illustrates a complete array of important ways of helping that guide dogs like Sam do.

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English- Part one of a beautiful documentary about guide dogs.

English- Part 2 of the same documentary. Among other things in the video, you meet a guide dog team who safely moves through the concrete jungle of New York, enabling him to pursue his music career.

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English- The story of a pupil who runs across country in a team with her guide dog.

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English- A half funny, half serious video about five things that you should make clear before you decide to get a guide dog.

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Important!

The videos on this page show assistance dog teams from all around the world. They are limited to just the scenes that best demonstrate the dog and owner work together as a team. The banner ads displayed are not from us, but from the author of the videos.

There are no Pfotenpiloten teams yet.
Our first teams will be introduced in 2018. Our aim: to have one hundred assistance dog teams by 2025.
Please help us to support more people with a trained assistance dog!