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The dogs who support the life of the disabled widening their possibility

@@The disabled people also enjoy life as just ordinary citizen, and go out in town..... It is natural and not things like taking a posture of claim.

@ Recently various services and facilities are found in town for the disabled, children and the aged and welfare equipments are fully furnished to support them to lead an easy life more comfortably.

@Guide dogs, hearing dogs and supporting dogs, generally called "assistance dogs", are one of the means to support those who have difficulties in life.

@In Europe and America there are those dogs who foresee a person having an epileptic fit and some dogs handle 2 jobs for duplicate handicapped people... <guide and supporting dog>, <hearing and supporting dog> and <guide and hearing dog>. They are actually working actively.

@Those dogs are recognized as the need and they provide much possibility which cannot be made up with equipments for those who suffer from advancing handicap, dupulicate handicap and also for the old people.

@And, most of the users testify that communication and trustful relation with assistance dogs are great. The dogs make a start of conversation with other people and it is also a great thing to the users to have an involvement in the community.

@In Europe and America the right of hearing dogs and assistance dogs are being recognized same as guide dogs. However, in Japan it's hard to say that need for assistance dogs is appreciated, and the assistance dogs' legal right isn't recognized yet either.

@ We hope that people will have more understanding about the assistance dogs who are working as a handicapped person's eyes, ears, hands and feet in the society.

Guide Dogs

The dogs who help the sight-handicapped people in a safe walk

@Guide dogs help the sight-handicapped people avoide obstacles, stop at corners and steps/stairs in walking, and guide the users even on heavy traffic streets. A user gives a guide dog instruction on directions and the dog will move following the instruction. However, the dog sometimes does not obey when the dog judges it is dangerous to follow the instruction, thus the dog also protects the user.

@A guide dog wears the harness with a white handle attached to it which transmits the movement of the dog to the user. You can easily recognize it.@

@A guide dog wearing a harness is a user's "eye". Please refrain from talking to or touching the dogs unnecessarily. It is very dangerous for the user if the attention of the dog is disturbed. If you want to try to help them, talk to the user first and never grab the harness to lead them.@


In Japan, guide dogs can't be trained by anyone but only by the guide dog trainers and walk trainers who belong to the Guide Dog Association, and they have 8 training establishments.

Hearing Dogs

The dogs who tell auditory handicapped people the existence of the sound and where it's from

@Hearing dogs help auditory handicapped people by notifying them of various sounds in daily life such as knocking at the door, buzzing of a door bell, alam clock, telephone and FAX ringing, baby's crying, fire alarm, car and bicycle coming close, dropping thud sound, etc.

@The dogs touch the user's body first to tell that there is a sound, and then lead the user to the sound source.

@Whoever calls out the user's name the dog can notify the user of it.

@Mostly, auditory handicapped people are not recognized at a glance and their hearing dogs do not wear any special harness either, but you can recognize them because a hearing dog wears an orange leash, an orange color or an orange vest.

@Just like guide dogs you should not talk to or touch the hearing dogs at work concentrating on the sound surrounding the user. If you want to try to help them, contact the user directly first by speaking very slowly with clear mouth move sometimes even using the means of writing.

Assistance Dogs

The dogs who help the people with limbs inconvenience in their daily life

@Assistance dogs help the limbs handicapped people depending on the users' needs inside and outside the house - pull a wheelchair, support the user to keep balance in walking, support the user's body in standing up, pick up the things dropped, fetch the things requested, open/close the door, on/off the switch, get help in emergency, and so on. When a user's physical trouble advances, the work of the dog changes, and the dog can master a new work.

@Assistance dogs wear a harness or back pack which is fitted to each work.

@Please understand that although most assistance dogs are large dogs, they are given sufficient training and they will never make troubles even in public places.

@Assistance dogs must always pay attention to the surroundings for the user's safety. Please be sure to talk to a user first because it is dangerous to directly talk to or touch the dog disturbing the dog's attention.


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