[access-uk] Re: Doping a guide dog?

  • From: "Derek Hornby" <derek.hornby_uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2008 12:22:44 -0000

Barry says:

" I'd be speaking quite forcefully to your trainer.
 Your pup needs a bit of work on his right shoulder work here."

Not if the  details Peter posted are correct.

Here is what peter did say:


"The train is dead ahead so I tell my guide dog ... Forward Ernie, find the
He moves forward and walks me right off the platform and I go crashing right
onto the tracks. Apparently Ernie had seen the doors alright, but the doors
he saw were on the train of the far platform, not any train dead ahead."

*end of quote*

If the edge  of the platform was straight ahead, and if the guide dog
owner was to fall over that  ege of platform, how come thee is no mention
of the  dog  going over as well?

As the dog  is  a step ahead of the blind person, the blind person would not
go over first,  or alone, if both dog and blind person  facing same way.

What should happen, as those with guide dog will know, if the dog is told
to go forward  at edge  of a platform, it should  swing over  to the right,
ie accords the  blind person, so the dog is then on the side near the edge

Was there room  for the dog  to  turn right?

I feel it's unfair to blame the dog automatically when things go wrong.

I sometimes fall  over  kerbs,  when kerb is on my right side, but I accept
this  as my fault as I have bad  walking  balance problem.

One last point that I think should also be taken into account.
If we accept  drink (alcohol) and driving,  is  wrong, (not safe)  should we
accept  drinking (alcohol) and using guide dog is also  risky.

Just as a a driver  needs to  have clear  head  to drive safely,
I suggest   guide dog  owners also needa  clear head to  use thier dogs

Regards,  Derek

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