Guide dog for the blind

Blind or severely visually impaired people can apply for a guide dog as an aid.

Guide dogs for the blind are specially trained dogs that support blind or severely visually impaired people in everyday life and allow them to orient themselves safely. The statutory health insurance covers the costs for the acquisition, training and training of the dog. She also pays a monthly lump sum for the maintenance costs.

  • Doctor's prescription indicating the limitation of vision


  • Severe visual impairment or blindness
  • Prescription by the ophthalmologist
  • Species-appropriate accommodation and catering of the dog
  • personal suitability of the dog owner
  • daily spout
  • Holder must have completed mobility training

Related Links

  • Annex 11 to § 25 (1) and (4) of the Federal Aid Ordinance (BBhV)
  • § 33 Social Code Fifth Book (SGB V)

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality

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