Joint activity with Beit Oved – The Israeli Center for Guide Dogs
A guide dog is one of the means that allows the blind person mobility outside his home and is considered an effective and safe means that provides fast and safe movement.
The use of guide dogs began in the First World War and has since developed in various countries around the world.
From the data collected, it can be learned that the percentage of guide dog use in Israel and around the world is very low.
The data in the world indicate that the potential for using a guide dog is about 1% of the total population that meets the definition of blindness, but in practice only 50% of them use a guide dog. We were only 0.5% of the blind have a guide dog.
In Israel, it is known that out of about 23,000 blind certificate holders, the potential for users of a guide dog is 230 people (1%), in practice the number of users is: 156 people – we were 0.68%. The age range of those used by guide dogs in Israel ranges from 21 to 88 years (www.molsa.gov.il).
The mobility options for the blind and visually impaired are different and each person chooses the means of mobility that suits him best. People who choose to use a guide dog should be willing to bring a dog into family life and have a positive attitude towards animals in general and dogs in particular. People who choose a guide dog usually find a different level of independence and freedom and self-confidence, and a higher level of safety at home and abroad, and they are also given a warm bond with the dog. (www.he.israelguidedog.org).
From the above, Elia has built an introductory program with guide dogs. The program is carried out in collaboration with the Center for Guide Dogs at Beit Oved. .
Program objectives are :
A. Exposure and acquaintance of the children in the kindergarten with guide dogs.
B. Exposure, acquaintance and information to parents about guide dogs.
- Getting to know the dog – getting to know the dog, petting, identifying body parts, reducing fear and more
- Identify the dog’s abilities – fidgeting, eating, walking, barking
- Dog contact, petting, dog hair, hair brushing
- Safety rules when walking with a dog, what is a leash, holding, first walk
- Learning basic commands – walking, standing, sitting the dog
- The importance of raising a dog at home from an early age, getting to know guide dogs – guidance and activities for parents