Miller, the Lab, occasionally presses the button on the crossing with his paws, and occasionally with his nose.
This awesome Labrador is a guide dog to Chris Michaels, 68, who began losing his sight in his 20s. He is now completely blind.
At crossings, his Labrador retriever jumps up to show Michaels where the button is.
“He’s a very good guide dog, he helps me a good deal,” Michaels told BBC news.
Michaels has been accompanied by his Lab guide dog for approximately four years. Millar was trained in Michael’s home where he learnt skills to specifically benefit his owner.
“I know on one occasion when I didn’t have a guide dog I did wander off into the road,” Mr Michaels said.
When Michaels want to cross a road he says the word “crossing” to the Lab. He then waits for his dog to find the operational panel.
“He jumps up with his front paws to the pole, and sometimes accidentally presses the button with his nose,” Michaels said.
”He also finds letter boxes. I don’t know how he finds them.”
Shaun Basham, engagement manager for Guide Dogs, said teaching dogs to jump up at pedestrian crossing boxes was not “standard practice”.
He said guide dogs were all given basic training and then trained further to meet a particular client’s individual needs.
Article Source: BBC News