|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 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.
|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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.