Module 1 - How can a guide dog change a life?1.3 Lesson plan and activity sheet
Guide dog/Pet dog - Spot the difference
They may look the same, they may even be the same breed of dog (Most often golden retriever/labrador), but they must be treated differently. What is the difference between a pet dog and a guide dog? Drag the statements onto the correct area.
- Likes going for a walk
- Wears a harness and bib
- Walks to heel
- Is faithful and loving
- Can go into restaurants
- Calm in any situation
- Sometimes chases squirrels and cats
- Can go for a free run
Guide dog only
Pet dog only
Hints and tips
Always ask the owner before you touch any dog - a working dog or a pet dog.
Remember - never distract, touch or feed a working guide dog - the dog needs to concentrate on guiding its owner.
Remember - never give a guide dog a ball to play with as it can bring out their chase instinct.
Guide dog breeds
We use the following breeds for guide dogs:
- 55% Retriever crosses (crossed with either a labrador or a german shepherd)
- 30% Labrador
- 9% Golden retriever
- 5% German shepherd
- 1% Other breeds and crosses