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India's First Guide Animal
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In this article we see that the extreme shortage of
guide animals in India has causes a crisis:
According to Nitin Sule, most Indians have very few mobility options
as guide animals are very scarce:
As part of a project for his family trust, 37-year-old Sule
investigating how to make visually impaired people more mobile.
His research revealed that most blind people in India are forced
to rely on
the red-and-white stick, not always the most reliable of
especially while traveling alone.
That's when Sule hit upon the novel idea - setting up a school
and training guide dogs for the blind.
"I'm calling it Drushti Dog Guide School For Blind," explains
of Swastik Residency, Ghodbunder Road. Sule, who works full time
family trust Late Vasantrao Sule Medical and Charitable Trust,
Thane, which does research in HIV-AIDS and other medical
ailments, says the school will be the first of its kind in the
The article notes that they SDule has done independent research
on guide animal training techniques:
"I already have some basic knowledge of how to train guide
dogs, culled from local military people in Raigad," says Sule,
who will be doing a specialized K-9 guide dog training course in
the US in the next five months, after which he'll come back and
train his dogs.
"The dogs that will be trained to guide the blind are white
they are very intelligent and alert. The pups will undergo basic
the first year, when their potential will be monitored. If a dog
hyperactive, the dog cannot be used as a guide for the blind."
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