Posted Mon 17 Apr 2023 at 07:01am
Every year, on the last Wednesday in April, the world comes together to celebrate guide dogs and their vital role in the lives of those who are blind or visually impaired. Since 2016, International Guide Dog Day has been recognised by guide dog organisations, advocates and individuals as a day to raise awareness and honour the dedicated trainers, organisations, dogs and humans involved in the process that makes it possible for these remarkable pups to become the guiding eyes for their human handlers.
Guide dogs are more than just furry companions; they are highly trained and intelligent animals that provide their handlers with independence, safety, and confidence in their daily lives. From guiding their handlers through busy streets and public transport to providing emotional support and companionship and more, guide dogs are an essential part of our society.
Guide Dogs Australia’s ‘Talk to the Handler’ campaign
Behind every guide dog, there’s a dedicated and hardworking handler. Guide Dogs Australia’s ‘Talk to the Handler’ campaign is in full force to shine a light on the humans that have helped train their pups by putting in significant time, resources and plenty of patience to develop communication, trust and, ultimately, an incredible bond that allows them to experience the world together.
Want to get involved? There are plenty of ways to show your support and raise money for guide dogs. Plus, you can learn more about the work guide dogs do, talk to the handlers and ask questions you’ve always wondered about.
If you’re feeling creative, hop on TikTok and test your pup’s skills in the Guide Dogs Challenge! Does your four-legged bestie know how to sit, find a seat or lie on their bed? Try it out and see how they compare to some of the special commands guide dogs need to learn.
Keep your eye out on Guide Dogs Australia’s social media platforms and website to attend their very exciting pup-up event. Round up all your furry and human friends on the 26th of April and get stuck into a day full of fun. If you can’t attend the event, you can watch interviews with Guide Dog Handlers and learn about their challenges, issues, and experiences.
Guide dogs and their handlers are more than just a team; they’re a symbol of resilience, determination and the power of the human-animal bond. So, let’s take a moment to appreciate their incredible work and their profound impact on the world. Happy International Guide Dog Day!