Guide Dog training and matching Puppy assessment
After ten months in the Puppy Raising program – at around one year of age – young dogs return to the Training Centre for a thorough assessment of their physique and personality. Our veterinarian gives every puppy a health examination on arrival, using kind and welfare-friendly techniques.
The dogs complete a two-week temperamental assessment. Instructors will note the dogs’ reactions to different situations that are common in day-to-day environments. For example, their reaction to other dogs and cats. Other tested distractions include food, noise, or other circumstances that the future guide will be required to work in daily.
Selection criteria are extremely strict. Every puppy has to meet the highest standards as the safety of their future mobility partner is paramount.
We don’t receive any government funding for our Guide Dog training program, so generous and regular support from the community is essential in helping our puppies change lives. Every contribution counts.
As a result of the rigorous process, less than 50% of pups are accepted into the Guide Dog program.
Puppies that do not meet the selection criteria for Guide Dog work may go on to become Pets As Therapy (PAT) dogs or Companion Dogs. They can also return home to the Puppy Raiser as a pet or be adopted by someone from the general community.