Guide Dogs

Affectionately known as a man’s best friend, certain dog breeds possess an innate desire to work, making them exceptional service companions. Guide dogs significantly enhance confidence, safety, and efficiency in travelling for people with vision loss. These dogs are specially bred from a lineage of guide dogs to retain the right working temperament and health. They undergo rigorous assessment and training for five months before being matched with their potential users.

In Singapore, the use of guide dogs as a visual aid is relatively new. Their introduction has significantly empowered individuals with vision impairment, boosting their confidence in mobility and easing their travelling experiences.

People with blindness or vision impairment have the option to use a white cane or a guide dog as a mobility aid for their travel.

Guide Dogs Singapore has been responsible for successfully training and pairing 13 guide dog teams in our history, of which 8 are currently active. A steadily increasing number of potential clients have also joined our waiting list.

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  • Guide Dogs Victoria White Puppy with Dog Collar
  • Guide Dogs Victoria Black Puppy with Guide Dog Slash
Photo source: Guide Dogs Australia
Chinese Scroll - Spring on the Yellow River

History of Guide Dogs

International

Ancient records reveal that blind men have been guided or helped by dogs for centuries. One of the earliest depictions of this partnership can be found in a 13th-century Chinese scroll painting titled “Spring on the Yellow River.” This painting includes various figures, among them a blind man with a dog. Medieval art and wood carvings also frequently depict blind men being led by dogs, highlighting the longstanding bond between humans and their canine helpers.

In more recent history, Germany pioneered the training of dogs to assist WWI veterans who have been blinded in the war, significantly enhancing their mobility and independence.

This movement soon spread from Europe to America, leading to the establishment of several guide dog schools. These institutions have since dedicated themselves to training guide dogs not only for veterans, but for all individuals experiencing vision loss.

Singapore

Guide dogs have a relatively short history in Singapore, having been introduced in 2006. Despite this, we have seen significant strides in accessibility and awareness within the community. We are dedicated to continuing our efforts to highlight the vital role that guide dogs play, fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.

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Testimonials

Gary Lim

Gary Lim
A second time guide dog user

Ms Dawn Sim with GDS Guide Dog

Dawn Sim, Long-time supporter of GDS
My support for Guide Dogs Singapore comes from the desire to help make a difference to somebody else’s life

Christina Teng

Christina Teng
Seeing our clients become more independent with the help of guide dogs

Corporate Partners

We invite you to collaborate with us in supporting the blind and vision impaired community in Singapore through various impactful initiatives. Together, we can foster a more inclusive society for all.

Our Partners

Boehringer Ingelheim
TechnipFMC
The Animal Clinic
Vetz Petz Antinol®
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