The Ultimate Guide Dog Quiz

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The Ultimate Guide Dog Quiz
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Guide dogs are raised and trained to help visually impaired people. The training process is long and hard, yet highly rewarding. And the result? Devoted, hard-working, loving animals highly skilled at their jobs and much loved by their owners. Take this quiz to learn more about this fascinating field.
In most countries, where are guide dogs allowed to go?
anywhere that the public is allowed to go
They're usually allowed to go wherever the general public can go.
anywhere except public places
everywhere without restriction

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In helping to guide a blind person, guide dogs have to know how to:
obey verbal commands and lie quietly when the handler is sitting
stop at curbs until told to proceed and keep on a direct route, ignoring distractions
both of the above
They have to be able to do multiple tasks, such as obeying verbal commands and keeping on a direct route while avoiding distractions.

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When they reach a crosswalk, what must the guide dog do?
bark meaningfully and cross carefully
stop, signal to the handler that they're at a crosswalk and wait for the handler's instruction
Its task is to stop, signal to the handler where they are and wait for further instruction.
sit down patiently and then give a signal to move forward when it's safe to do so

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Why is it wrong to pet or talk to a guide dog on the job?
because guide dogs are very sensitive
because being kind is inappropriate when you must be tough
because it will break the dog's concentration
Distracting the dog by petting it, for example, will break its concentration and may prove a hazard to its handler.

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How do guide dogs make a distinction between work and play?
If the harness is off, it means they're on the job.
If the harness is on, it means they're on the job.
They know that when their harness is on, they're at work.
If the collar is on, it means they're on the job.

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Who funds guide dog schools?
the blind association
the government
charitable donations
Since guide dog schools are non-profit organizations, they rely on funding through charitable donations.

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What breeds are commonly suited to guide dog service?
poodle, collie, terrier
golden retriever, Labrador retriever, German shepherd
The most common breeds are golden retriever, Labrador retriever and German shepherd.
sheep dog, hound, beagle

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What do volunteer puppy raisers have to do to be able to raise guide dogs?
apply and do a special training program
First they apply, then they must undergo a special training program by the guide dog school.
show eagerness to volunteer their services
pay a nominal fee and attend a nine-week workshop

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Getting the guide dog comfortable in all situations is known as:
comfortability
socialization
It's called socialization and it's crucial for a guide dog. They must learn to tackle loud noises, crowded streets, etc.
familiarization

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How are guide dogs trained and rewarded?
with extra play time upon good behavior
with yummy treats
with leash corrections and praise
They are trained and rewarded with leash corrections and praise. Food treats are out of the question, so that they don't become fixated on food.

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After being trained by puppy raisers, the future guide dogs are assessed. What qualities are important?
intelligence and excellent health
willingness to learn and good memory
both of the above
They are assessed for several qualities, including intelligence and good memory.

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At Guiding Eyes for the Blind school, what percentage of puppies trained by volunteer raisers go on to full training?
25 percent
50 percent
Exactly 50 percent of returned dogs are taken on for guide dog training.
75 percent

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What sort of space are guide dogs trained to take their handlers through?
ones that are neither too narrow nor too low for the handlers
They are trained to take their handlers only through spaces that are neither too tight nor too low.
ones that are neither too wide nor too high for the handlers
ones that are open and well-lit

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What is usually the most emotional time of the whole training process?
when the puppy raiser first meets the puppy
when the puppy raiser meets the new master
The high point is usually when the dog's puppy raiser and its new master meet at a special ceremony.
when the new master first meets the new puppy

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An instructor who encounters a new handler must perform:
dog-training
people-training
The instructor must do people-training, as opposed to dog-training. This involves teaching the handler how to work together with the trained dog.
a special ritual

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Before becoming a master instructor, how many years of training does a supervised instructor undergo?
up to one year
one to two years
two to three years
The instructor learns under qualified and apprentice instructors as a supervised trainee for two to three years.

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Are there different certification processes for guide dog instruction?
yes, depending on your background and age group
no, they're all the same
yes, depending on the state you're in
Indeed yes. Different states have different criteria, requirements and procedures.

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How lucrative is the guide-dog instructing profession?
it isn't lucrative
Actually, considering the educational demands placed on the instructors, this profession is not lucrative at all. The pay is low, the hours are long and the work is demanding in many ways.
very lucrative
reasonably lucrative

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What is the working lifespan of the average guide dog?
They usually retire by age six or eight.
They usually retire by age eight or 10.
They mostly reach retirement age by about eight or 10 years of age.
They usually retire by age 12 or 14.

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How popular is it to adopt a guide dog retiree?
Not very. Guide dog schools have a hard time finding people interested in adopting.
Very. Guide dog schools usually have waiting lists of people who want to adopt.
There are so many people interested in adopting retirees that guide dog schools usually have waiting lists.
Reasonably. Guide dog schools usually find an adoptive home within a year of the dog retiring.

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