The Seeing Eye, founded in 1929, was the first organization in the world to breed, raise and train dogs to assist the blind while also teaching their clients how to properly care for the dogs assigned to them.
According to their website, the organization’s main goal is to enhance the independence, dignity and self-confidence of people who are blind through the use of specially trained Seeing Eye dogs.
The Seeing Eye began exclusively with the German Shepherd breed. Later, the organization began to introduce Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Labrador Golden crosses. “They’re all dogs that are genetically made up to have a job,” Kutsch states. “We are simply applying that genetic drive to doing the guiding work.”