Guide Dog Harness Survey

Ro talked about this yesterday, and I should have posted it then, but I didn’t see it until late.

There is a student at the University of Illinois (at least I think that’s what U of I is) who is trying to figure out a new way to make a guide dog harness so that it is most comfortable for handler and dog. She wants feedback from those who use guide dogs. Here is her survey. Email her at eva617 (at) gmail (dot) com but put the necessary symbols back where they belong. Yes, we want her to get mail, but only the good kind!

Incidentally, does anybody know where there are good pictures of the GDB Swiss harness handle? I have tried to send her one, but…well…blind guy photography isn’t too reliable. So if anyone could point her in the direction of a good picture, that would rock.

So, here’s the survey. You know what to do. And good luck Eva!

1. How long have you been having a Guide Dog? How many harnesses have you used before?

2. Do you have an offset handle or straight one? Do you like it the way it is? Why?

3. Do you clean the harness? Why or why not?

4. Would you like to have different material and/or shape for the handle part for more comfort? Would you prefer to hold the handle vertically?

5. How do you buckle up the harness? Where do you hold the leash when buckle up the harness? Do you use both hand to buckle up?

6. Do you have a trekker GPA navigation system? If not, why? If yes, how do you like it?

7. Lastly, do you have any problem with the harness you are using? (left arm does not feel comfortable after holding the harness after a while? Hand gets sweaty from holding the handle? Dog developed lumps from wearing the harness?….etc)

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