In a fascinating article on dogster.com, Brian Fischler goes into detail about his life with a guide dog, which he has needed since his eyesight deteriorated badly in 2009. One of the things that he has discovered is that the general public is pretty misinformed when it comes to guide-dog training, behavior, and etiquette. So he put together a list of 10 things that folks get wrong. Here’s a taste:
10. Blind people work their dogs at home
This is simply not true. As soon as Nash and I get in the house, off come his leash and harness. Inside the home, Nash is a regular dog, playing with his bones, sleeping in my bed, and running to the door almost every time someone knocks on it. The one thing I can’t figure out is why not once has Nash offered to pay the pizza guy.
This is a great read, and it contains a few tidbits I didn’t know.