The Guide Dog Team About Guide Dog Team training
Once you have a successful Guide Dog partnership, a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor begins the process of training you with your new Guide Dog.
Training may take place from your home in a one-on-one session, or in a class with several other handlers. Classes are usually held in community areas, like a hotel for example.
Training usually takes around four weeks. Initially, training is focussed on getting to know your dog, and the cues and working positions to enable you to communicate clearly with your dog and establish consistency.
As training progresses, the Team moves on to travelling in more complex and dynamic environments.
Training also includes:
- public transport
- shopping centres
- traffic awareness
- and other things that you might experience on a regular basis.
The Guide Dog is taught to guide you to specific destinations you visit often, through positive reinforcement at these destinations.