American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards - Categories
A Guide Dog team consists of a dog and a person. The dog has been specially trained to assist a person who is blind, with mobility. The dog is trained to lead, obey commands, avoid distractions and obstacles and disobey a command if it would put the team in danger. The person is responsible for directing the dog by keeping a mental map, being the leader of the team and providing care and praise. Through teamwork and companionship, they share a bond of trust and love for the entire life of the dog.