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Guide Animals may need to become multilingual
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In a remarkable story titled "Guide dog barred for speaking only French", it appears that some Guide Animals must be taught to respond in several languages.
Because Canada is officially a dual-language Nation (English and French), Guide Horse users may encounter difficulty if their Guide Horses do not understand French commands.
In this unique story a blind guide dog user was barred from an English-only course because his dog was not fluent in English.
"Yvan Tessier was turned away from an English
immersion course at the
"We were astonished by this," said Pierre Noiseux, a
spokesman at the foundation which placed Pavot with Tessier.
Tessier said it would take too long to teach Pavot
English commands. The Mira Foundation said it was also dangerous to
teach the dog new commands just as Tessier arrives in unfamiliar
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