A Guide Dogs Friendly Mall
We are pleased to share with you at Great World, we are committed to support the movement for Guide Dogs Association of the Blind.
Guide Dogs are assistance dogs that are trained to assist an their masters whom are visually impaired.
They help their blind masters navigate around the obstacles that the sighted take for granted, and in this way make travel much safer for them.
We like to assure you that the guide dogs are professionally trained to guide their handlers and they are required to be in harnesses at all times in the presence of their handlers, with no compromises to your safe shopping environment here.
Join us in making our world liveable for the visually impaired.
How to recognize a Guide Dog
The GDAB guide dog teams are issued identification card which is administered by the Guide Dogs Association of the Blind Ltd in Singapore, with the endorsement of the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) who supports the use of guide dogs for persons with visual impairment. This card is issued to fully trained guide dog teams working or living in Singapore, and serves as identification for service providers in Singapore to recognize the card holders as bona fide guide dog teams. A guide dog team includes the blind handler and his/her guide dog. (See Figure 1 for Specimen of Card)
Guide Dogs can also be recognized by its working harness (See Figure 2)
Guide Dog Etiquette
• Allow the Guide Dog to concentrate and perform its duties for the safety of its handler.
• Allow the handler to give the Guide Dog commands.
• Allow the Guide Dog to rest undisturbed.
• Walk on the handler’s right side, a few steps behind him or her.
• Seek the handler’s permission beforehand if you wish to stroke the Guide Dog, and it should be on the dog’s shoulder.
• Allow the Guide Dog to meet other animals only with close supervision.
• Do not touch, pet or feed a Guide Dog while its wearing its working harness.
• Do not give commands to the Guide Dog or attempt to steer it by its harness.
• Do not allow children to tease or abuse the Guide Dog.
• Avoid walking on the Guide Dog’s left side as it may become distracted or confused.
• Do not pet the Guide Dog on its head.
• Do not let other pets challenge or intimidate the Guide Dog.
Source:Quah, H.M (2010) Dogs with a mission, Guide dogs for the blind. Optical Special, 38-40.