Human Guide and Follow Techniques

Human Guide Techniques

At times it may be safer to serve as a human guide to a person who is blind instead of giving verbal directions. To act as a human guide, initiate contact by offering your elbow by brushing it against the person’s free arm, on his side opposite the Leader Dog. The person will hold your arm above the elbow and drop the harness handle, signaling to the dog that it is temporarily "off duty."

An alternate method is that the Leader Dog client may instruct his dog to “follow” you. In this case, walk ahead of the person at a normal speed, informing him when he is approaching turns, doorways, stairs and drop-offs. Walk with him when crossing the street and guide him onto the opposite curb. The Leader Dog will resume its duties once on the sidewalk.