The Guide Dogs Who Work Two Jobs

Posted: May 13, 2015 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Same Difference

There are guide dogs, and there are assistance dogs but, to help people who are blind as well as physically disabled, some dogs are trained to be both.

Tony Brown-Griffin from Kent uses her guide dog Hetty to help her get her children to and from school, to attend community events and do other day-to-day tasks. As well as being registered blind she has epilepsy and has, on average, one major seizure every week.

Hetty’s second job is as a seizure alert dog and she is able to predict episodes exactly 42 minutes before they happen, letting her owner know by persistently resting her head on her knee. If she doesn’t respond the dog will begin to paw her left leg. The aim is to give her enough time to find a safe place before the onset of a seizure.

Hetty’s training was a partnership between Guide Dogs for the…

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