Ever wonder what happens to trained Labs who don’t make it as fully-fledged guide dogs?
The pups who didn’t quite make it as guide dogs are actually given a career change! Previously, they could become a sniffer dog, an assistance dog for physically disabled people, or a family pet!
Now, there is a newer service available from Guide Dogs that gives specially chosen dogs a new job! These canines can now go on to become “buddy dogs”. Their task is to help blind and partially-sighted children.
“Lucy was life-changing from the moment she arrived,” says Sarah Smith, whose six-year-old son Oliver has a visual impairment and autism. “From the very start whenever Oliver had an autistic meltdown he would shout for Lucy and she would come and lie down next to him and calm him down. The effect she has on him is incredible.”
Guide Dogs says having a buddy dog can improve the quality of life for a kid, boost their confidence, enhance self esteem, increase levels of exercise, and fight isolation.