More and more families with children who are blind or visually impaired are coming to Smart Pups to enquire about a dog for their child who typically has other issues as well.
What we can provide to a child with a visual impairment is a dog trained in some guide work as well as any other skills the child may need. With our guiding assistance dog work, the child learns to walk with a dog using a guide dog harness, using the dog to navigate their environment. However rather than the child acting as the navigator, the adult caregiver in the child’s life plays that role. By providing the child with the ability to walk using the dog rather than holding a parents hand we are allowing the child to feel a new level of independence.