What is a Guide Dog?

Dogs have been helping humans with a variety of activities for thousands of years, but the term guide dog is very specific. A guide dog is a dog that has been specially trained to support a person who is blind or has low vision with their mobility. There are many other types of assistance dogs that support people with other disabilities, but the term guide dog is specific to dogs that support people who are blind or have low vision.

This short video helps explain what guide dogs do to support their owners.

Use the links below to find out more about guide dog facts and figures, whether a guide dog might be able to help you, or to locate your closest guide dog provider.

The International Guide Dog Federation can help answer questions like:

Long curly haired guide dog stands in the snow.