There’s more to a dog guide than meets the eye: A preliminary exploration of potential health benefits of dog guide use.

Geraldine Lane, Brian Matthews, Caroline Ellison, Carolyn Palmer

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    Abstract

    The value of dog guides in terms of mobility for people with severe vision impairment and blindness is well recognised. There has, however, been a paucity of research exploring the potential health benefits of working with dog guides. This article reports the initial stage of a research project, which aimed at redressing this dearth of research. The study used three focus groups to explore the experiences of 22 participants from three Australian states. The focus group meetings were the first of three components of a major research project into this important issue. The outcomes reflected a self-reported trend toward enhanced health and wellbeing for people who use dog guides as their primary mobility aid.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)27-36
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational Journal of Orientation and Mobility
    Volume8
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

    Keywords

    • visual impairment dogs
    • assistance dogs
    • dog guides
    • vision impairment

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