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.
Interview with the blind person
Training course together with the blind person at home
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.
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.
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.
The dog is chosen based on the blind person's personality and the dog's character and motivation.
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.
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 dog
help 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.DONATE
"Shelter dogs still have a lot to give, but they are unable to do so because they aren't given the chance."
Daniela Vitello, Alunna Acua
"Our job is to improve the life of dogs and their families by adopting an innovative approach which regards dogs as intelligent beings who are free to choose and can control their behaviour."
Sharon Apituley, Educatrice Cinofila
"Based on the core principle of otherness, our approach considers the dog as a being with a complex intelligence."
Francesco Panico, Veterinario Acua
"Dog Eyes highlights both the dog's inborn character traits and those acquired through experience."
Francesca Vergani, Educatrice Cinofila
WHICH OF THEM WILL BECOME
A GUIDE DOG FOR A BLIND PERSON?