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Unkindness to seeing-eye dogs

Recently I was walking along a street in NYC, when a man with a dog came from an entrance on my right. I saw them and stopped, but the man did not know why his dog, instead of making a hard left to get onto the street, went on a little bit to avoid me. I was wearing rubbersoled shoes and the man obviously did not hear me. He cursed out his dog very obscenely and jerked on the handle very hard to hurt him. I turned around and told him that the dog was trying to avoid me. No reaction on his part either to make up to the dog or to answer me.
I thought dogs and people were matched to love or like each other. I cannot stand cruelty to animals and that sad encounter upset me a lot. I hope that better matchings are made in the future.
Linda Sheean

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Re:Unkindness to seeing-eye dogs

Ok, you all need to stop, calm down, and use your brains. Did this man administer a harness correction? Yeah, probably. Was he wrong? Possibly. Is it abuse to give a harness correction? Absolutely not. No reputable school is going to take away a dog for one harness correction. Sometimes handlers neglect to give a correction when they miss a guide misbehaving and the correction would be warented, and sometimes they accidentally correct for something that is not a mistake. Most of the time they get it right, and most of the time a dog gets it right. Here's a novel idea, this guy could have been having a bad day. We're all entitled, and swearing does not make him a bad person, an abusive handler, etc. Blind people can get pissed off, get drunk, be agrivated, be abrupt, just like anyone else. He did not kick, hit, choke, etc his dog, and a harness correction is absolutely an accepted school sanctioned form of correction. If the dog yipped, it could have done so out of pain, but more likely out of surprise. I once corrected my dog for running me into a tree, come to find out she was avoiding an open manhole cover. Did it scar her for life? No. Did it ruen the partnership? No. Was it a mistake on my part? Yes. Did I give many more corrections before and after this incident in which she was wrong and I was right? You bet. Before you go judging the handling of a highly trained animal by it's handler, pause to consider that if you are not a guide dog handler or a guide dog instructor, that you might be wrong in both your judgement and in the perspective that spawned that judgement. If someone really and truly does abuse a guide dog, starve it, beat it, pinch, kick, throw, hit, etc it, then of course contact the guide school, but take a step back and really think about this situation before you go condemning the man or the school or both.

Re:Unkindness to seeing-eye dogs

That dog was using "intelligent disobedience." That guy should lose the dog. If the school knew about it, they would definitely take actions against the man. How aweful for the dog who was just doing its job!

Re:Unkindness to seeing-eye dogs

They should lose their dog for that. Dog guide schools specifically chose dogs that are non-aggressive, and they are very passive creatures who follow what the owner commands them to do. The dog did what he was trained to do, and the owner is in the wrong for abuse.

Re:Unkindness to seeing-eye dogs

The dude must have been a former taxi driver.

Re:Unkindness to seeing-eye dogs

if you see him ask his name and guide dog school and then you will report it they do check the team out see how they do. I have a guide dog we are very close.we are partners. carol

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