A full-colour photo look at the breeding, raising, training and assessment of young guide dogs, and when they are matched with their handlers to become working guide dogs.
'I've got a companion wherever I am.'
A guide dog and its handler have a very special bond. Guide dogs are trained to make life easier for people who are blind or who can't see well enough to get about safely. And a guide dog makes a wonderful friend.
Find out about the breeding of guide dogs and the care of newborn puppies. Who looks after the pups as they grow up? When does training start? What does the young dog need to learn? When is it matched with its handler, and how do they learn to work together?
Meet Spike, Britta, Lundy and Lonnie: guide dogs in action.
Did you know?
Dogs were trained to guide blind people in Vienna in 1819 at an Institute for the Blind founded by Johann Wilhelm Klein.
Diana Lawrenson writes articles for various magazines and newspapers, including human interest, travel and lifestyle articles. She and her family have had contact with the Guide Dog Association of Victoria for the past eight years through their Pets As Therapy dog, Felix.
Short-listed, CBCA Book of the Year, Eve Pownell Award for Information Books, 2002, 2002
Short-listed, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, 2002
Allen & Unwin
A & U Children
8 - 12