The first "Seeing Eye Dog" that was trained at Morristown, NJ USA was a German Shepherd Dog (GSD or GSDs) named Buddy. For many years the only dogs trained to become aids for the Blind were GSDs. When our "boys" came home from WWI they told tales of how intelligent the GSD is, they told of the bravery, the jobs the dogs working for the German Army were doing, this is probably, in part, how the GSD was chosen to become a Guide for the Blind.
Solomon tells us way back in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, in Proverbs, "Nothing is new under the sun." Many times when the story is told about Morriestown we believe it to be the first time ever a dog lead a blind person so that the person could get around safely. History shows that in 1819 an Austrian Priest suggested that a dog in a rigid harness could be trained to guide a blind person.....
But it was a GSD named Buddy who became famous in the USA as the first Guide Dog or Seeing Eye dog. For many many years it was only GSDs that were trained for the task.
Now you can see many types and breeds and mixed breeds not only leading the Blind, but also used for Detecting Seizures, helping the Deaf, making life easier for those with other human handicaps.....and for those of us, who are deemed "normal", whatever normal is, that train our dogs to help us out around the house and yard and in general.
more to come
The contents of this page for Seeing Eyes is still under construction. Please check back later!
I would like to invite you to join us on a Yahoo Group that I host called Working Big Dogs.
-- The Working German Shepherd Dogs Team
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:22:15 -0400