After visiting the Stiftung Schweizerische Schule für Blindenführhunde in Allschwill, we were able to witness first hand the incredible work of the dog trainers and the dogs. I was moved by the relationship the dogs have with every human they come into contact with.
I can highly recommend a visit to the school for a plethora or reasons. See below what we learned during our visit.
What we learned:
- A detailed history of the school.
- The life of the dogs – the dogs are breed and born at the school, where they will stay for 10 – weeks. After 10 – weeks, the puppies will be placed into foster care for 12 – 18 months and then will return to the school for intensive training. Once they have completed their training, the dogs will be matched with an individual in need.
- The dogs serve the following individuals in need: the blind, the physically challenged, Autistic children, and work as service animals for local schools and the elderly community.
- The dogs are always the property of the school, even when they are placed with families and the individuals they serve. The reason for this is that the school serves as the dog’s advocate throughout their lifetime.
- Retired dogs are either returned to the school, or placed with families until their final days.
- The school only works with Labrador Retrievers as they are the most adjustable, intelligent, and easy to train dogs they have worked with thus far.
What children will learn:
- Children will gain knowledge and empathy for the individuals with special needs, including the children the dogs currently serve.
- The children will understand the dog/human relationship.
- Children will see first hand through a film provided by the school how the trained dogs are able to help those individuals in need by providing specific examples.
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Open to the Public:
The first Sunday of each month at 15:00, the school opens its doors to the public, for an open house. Registration is not necessary, however, if you would like to request a tour in English or another language, be sure to ask in advance.
Saturday, March 4 – 9:00 – 11:00 guided tour for families with children from six – years- old. The cost is CHF 10 per family.
One more reason to love service animals: Service Dogs!
*What? No pictures of dogs….sorry about that. We were trying to respect the dogs and the trainers, so we abstained from taking photos of the puppies (too cute for words), the dogs working and relaxing in their home.