Guide Dog Mobility Instructor
Guide dog mobility instructors train dogs to guide people who are blind or vision-impaired. They also train these people to use and care for a guide dog.
Duties & Tasks
Guide dog mobility instructors may perform the following tasks:
- work with a team of specially chosen dogs that have undergone initial socialisation through the Guide Dogs Association of Australia's puppy-raising scheme
- over a period of four to six months, put the dogs through an intensive assessment and training programme
- train the dogs to guide people with little or no sight through all likely independent travel situations
- conduct interviews and assessments of all applicants for guide dogs
- conduct a matching meeting, whereby guide dogs are matched to clients on the waiting list
- train a person who is vision-impaired to use a guide dog at either a residential training facility or within the person's home area. Training is conducted over a period of three to six weeks. For people trained in the centre-based programme, additional follow-up instruction of three to five days is provided upon the person's return home.
- good health, hearing and eyesight
- full mobility and a good level of physical fitness
- desire to work with people who are vision-impaired
- flexible and adaptable
- able to work both independently and as part of a team
- love of, and aptitude for, working with dogs.