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The most common breeds are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Labradors.
A high level of willingness to work, a strong desire to please the user. a quiet and calm disposition, a high level of initiative, a low level of distraction from its work and a high level of concentration while working
Most dogs begin their formal intensive training between twelve and eighteen months of age.
It varies from dog to dog, the total period is approximately 18 to 24 months.
The training class runs for approximately one month. During this time, the clients spend some time at our Centre while bonding with potential guide dogs and finally at their residence, working on specific routes.
Most Guide Dogs work for a period of approximately seven years.
If the Guide Dog User wishes and is able to keep the retired Guide Dog, he has priority. If however, this is not possible, Light into Europe Charity will find a suitable and loving home for the dog, including considering the original puppy walker family.
No. The decision and responsibility to cross a road lies solely with the Guide Dog User. The Guide Dog User is taught how and where to cross safely.
If the dog is in harness, it is working and should not be distracted. The dog may be petted only after permission has been granted by the Guide Dog User.
Yes, when not working, just like a house pet.
No. The Guide Dog is fed only at meal times by his User so that it never learns to scavenge. This also helps to monitor the dog's general health and keep it in very good condition for its work.
Light into Europe provides the Guide Dog at no cost to the user. All that is required is to sign a contract of use of the Guide dog with Light into Europe Charity. The charity remains responsible for providing the food, veterinary and training costs, whilst the User can purchase special items they want to give to their dog.
All Light into Europe Charity services are funded solely from donations and sponsorships from companies, individuals, other foundations and from proceeds raised at events, in Romania and the United Kingdom.
This varies, depending on the individual dog. Typically, a dog will work for 8 – 10 years before retiring. Upon retirement, they get to hang up their harness and enjoy relaxing. The first option for the dog will be to live as a pet with the person who looked after them as a puppy raiser. If this is not possible, contact us to go on our list of people who would like to enjoy having a retired guide dog as a pet.