ACUA. Associazione Comunicazione Uomo Animale

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DOG EYES

the first experimental dog education programme that demonstrates how dogs of any breed have the potential to become guide dogs for the blind.

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FROM SHELTER DOG
TO GUIDE DOG FOR A BLIND PERSON

3 dogs, 8 months, €11,000, one small act of solidarity that turns shelter dogs into guide dogs for the blind through dog training courses.

THE SCENARIO

50 thousand dogs are abandoned every year in Italy and many of them die in animal shelters because they're regarded as second best. And while they wait for a second chance, lots of blind people are on a long waiting list to receive a guide dog.

Here at Acua, where we find homes for dogs in families, we've decided to be the first to challenge the prejudice that only regards breeds like Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Australian dogs as suitable guide dogs for the blind. This is how Dog Eyes started out in life.


DOG EYES

The first experimental dog education programme with the aim of demonstrating that dogs of any breed have the potential to become guide dogs for the blind, if the course they follow has certain specific characteristics.

1

The interview with the blind person

When choosing the most suitable dog, the first thing to do is to learn about the personality, needs and family of the blind person in question. In this first stage, the dog educator learns about the factors that will guide them in the second stage, when they have to identify which dog has the right character and motivation.

2

Dog recruiting

The dog is chosen based on the blind person's personality and the dog's character and motivation.

3

Check-up

Checking up on the dog's health represents an essential preparatory stage at the start of the training programme, together with the work of the dog educator to establish the dog's state of calm.

4

The training course together in the blind person's home

The dog and blind person start out on a course together that gradually builds a sense of trust between them, until they think and act as one. In this stage the dog educator must help build a solid relationship between the dog and the blind person, in the places where they will eventually live together.


One small act of solidarity that helps a shelter doghelp a blind person.

Help us challenge prejudice and give a second chance to lots of shelter dogs and blind people.

"All I'm waiting for
is a second chance"

"And I'm on a long waiting
list for a guide dog."


HELP US MAKE IT HAPPEN

Every donation helps Acua turn this project into a reality for shelter dogs and blind people.

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WHICH OF THEM WILL BECOME A GUIDE DOG FOR A BLIND PERSON?

UN CANE GUIDA PER UN NON VEDENTE - TYSON

Tyson

UN CANE GUIDA PER UN NON VEDENTE - MARO

Maro

UN CANE GUIDA PER UN NON VEDENTE - PIUMA

Piuma

UN CANE GUIDA PER UN NON VEDENTE - IRON

Iron

UN CANE GUIDA PER UN NON VEDENTE - GASTONE

Gastone