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Seeing Eye dogs??

Our friend has a brother who is blind, he wants to look into getting a seeing eye dog. Our friend really likes Baya and wants to know if GSD's are good seeing eye dogs. Her brother will be going off to college and she is worried about him being all alone, especially with how mean people can be. She is worried ppl might pick on him or torment his dog and he wont know and she thinks having a GSD will discourage this behavior. But her mom doesn't think they use GSD's as seeing eye dogs anymore, so I was wondering what you guys thought? Do GSD's make good seeing eye dogs?

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I raise them.
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They make fantastic guide dogs! Not to criticize you but they're actually called "guide dogs." The Seeing Eye is just one of many schools that provide guide dogs.

I think they lost popularity to labs and goldens because of all the negative publicity guard breeds have gotten lately. I actually prefer GSDs OVER labs and goldens because even though the dog has to have a stellar temperament for work, they give the impression of a well-protected handler, lessening their being a target for nasty people. I also feel, though it's debatable, that GSDs are smarter, and equipped for a wider range of tasks than labs or goldens. Plus, as heavily bred as labs are, (I know GSDs are too, but not as much) I'd be worried about the health and longevity of a dog who 2 years of work and training has been invested in. Finally, I think a GSD is more level-headed, more serious, and thinks things out more, making them better, especially as a guide dog. One bad choice can mean the difference of life or death for their handler.

I'd like to see them used more often. They still have the recognizable service dog reputation.

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Just a little tidbit of info :

Seeing Eye dogs come from Morristown, NJ. The Seeing Eye Inc., organization that trains Guide Dogs has used the registered trademark <u>Seeing Eye Dogs </u>since they opened as the first guide dog facility in the U.S. in 1929.
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Other facilities around the country also raise and train Guide Dogs. Some no longer use German Shepherds.

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I also feel, though it's debatable, that GSDs are smarter, and equipped for a wider range of tasks than labs or goldens.

Finally, I think a GSD is more level-headed, more serious, and thinks things out more, making them better, especially as a guide dog.

I'd like to see them used more often.

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Re: Seeing Eye dogs??

O cool, thank you all for the info I wasn't sure what they were called. I didn't know that. BjDimock that link was very helpful thank you! I will have to give her those links.

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That doesn't exactly give me enough information to determine what you're not understanding about what I said, or I would be able to answer you.

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They definitely use GSD's still, and the first Seeing Eye dog ever was a GSD. But the Labs/Goldens and mixes are also great.

Frankly, when you join the program they evaluate you and the dogs available, based on that they make the match. So there would be no guarantee (at least with the Seeing Eye) that your friends brother would get a GSD. Though all of the dogs are larger and so can to be more of a deterent than say a toy poodle. Though the fact is these dogs are NOT trained to be protection dogs in any way shape or form.




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Just wanted to clarify I have trained,handled and bred GSDs and labs for twenty years. Labs are very very intelligent,trainable,stable nerves etc. The Field trial bred dogs are quite healthy and a 15yr old lab is not unusual. You will not see a GSD working much past 8. They are not known for living even close to a lab,golden or many other breeds. A fact. A person will get far more years of service out of other breeds. That is a fact. The only thing that a good GSD can do that a lab cannot is the protection work.
What do you mean by the term "heavily bred"
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