Life As A Guide Dog
Training, routines and mindset: 3/16, helps me with the every second task of alerting my owner of obstacles, doors, elevators, stairs, escalators, buses, cabs, anything that can potentially help or harm them. I stay by side to them in restaurants without barking, begging or unnecessary movement. I alert them to doors, wait for opening and finds empty sidewalk paths.
Street crossings are the most dangerous and requires my full attention at all times. It begin with listening for traffic then I am given the command to cross and I checks for traffic and proceeds only if there are no vehicles coming. I guide my owner to the other side and start all over again. People may want to pet me but, if that happens something could happen to my owner and get me off track, which would be bad for everyone. Since staying focused could literally mean life or death of my owner, I can't lose focus. I love them and they love me. My job starts when my owner gets up and ends when they go to sleep. It's a hard life but I wouldn't trade it for anything!