Attaining independent mobility
The International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF), established in 1989, designated International Guide Dog Day to “support the provision of guide dogs as a safe way for blind or partially sighted individuals to attain independent mobility.”
How this Dog Day came about – excerpt from the National Day Calendar website
The concept of guide dogs didn’t become popular until WWI.
First American Guide Dog
Give Recognition or learn more
- Study up on the various breeds that make good guide dogs, such as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds.
- If you have a friend or acquaintance with a guide dog, ask how their dog assists them throughout the day.
- Donate to or volunteer for a guide dog organization, such as Guide Dogs of America or the Guide Dog Foundation.
- Watch the documentary, “Pick of the Litter,” that describes how guide dogs are chosen and trained.