In 2015, a guide dog in New York was awarded the ASPCA’s “Dog of the Year” award for running in front of an oncoming bus to protect his blind owner, and didn’t leave her side until she received medical attention even though he suffered a broken leg.
A guide dog calmly led 30 people down 1,463 steps out of the World Trade Center on 9/11 despite the confusion, smoke, and noise around them. Once safe, the dog then helped a woman who was blinded by the debris.
Seeing eye dogs are trained to poop on command. Their training even includes associating a verbal command with the permission to take a washroom break. The dogs are trained to adopt different stances depending on whether their peeing or pooping. The owner can feel the dog’s back to determine what their dog is doing. If the dog’s back is flat, the dog is peeing and therefore no clean-up in required. If the dog’s back is rounded, the dog is pooping and if clean-up is required, the owner can feel their way down the dog to know exactly where it is.
If a guide dog judges that a command is unsafe, it will refuse the command. This is called “intelligent disobedience”.