Anything we can do such as eating, walking, talking, and seeing, is a blessing. When we recognize how grateful we need to be for such basic things, we also come to recognize how others may not be so fortunate.
In recognizing how fortunate we are, hopefully we can all recognize that giving back is a wonderful way to express our gratitude for those things we may not think about every day.
Becoming a seeing-eye dog trainer is one of those ways. There are many benefits of becoming a seeing-eye dog trainer.
Independence and Dignity
Training a seeing-eye dog is all about increasing independence and dignity for a blind person. The training, love, and support that you offer a seeing-eye dog trickles down to the blind person who receives that dog as support.
A seeing-eye dog offers the opportunity for a blind person to gain some much-needed independence. With increased independence, dignity also increases. Learning to lean on and trust a seeing-eye dog offers a blind person the ability to do things that they otherwise cannot.
When we recognize how fortunate we are and what a blessing the things we take for granted are, we can step back and think about how we can give back.
Giving back is the most wonderful feeling in the world. Some say it is sometimes more joyous to give than to receive. This is certainly true when it comes to becoming a seeing-eye dog trainer.
The benefits you offer to the blind in becoming a trainer are numerous. For starters, you are training up a pup that will one day become the sight of a visually impaired individual. You are basically training up a dog to become the giver of independence, a little more confidence, and dignity to someone who is visually impaired.
With the aid of a seeing-eye dog, a blind or visually impaired person is able to do things that otherwise is impossible. Imagine how powerful that is to that individual. You become the source of power in another human being’s life.
You also become someone who makes a difference – a huge difference in someone else’s life. Making a difference is empowering. When you empower someone else, you also empower yourself.
You will recognize that once you empower someone else and you become empowered, you will feel as though you are unstoppable. Your life will never be the same and the lives you have touched by volunteering to become a trainer of a seeing-eye dog will never be the same either.
Both you and the recipient of the seeing-eye dog will be touched and inspired for a lifetime to come.