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.