Guide Dog Programme
At Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd, we believe that people with vision loss are fully capable of living active and fulfilling lives.
Our Guide Dog programme supports them in building their confidence and to travel independently and safely. Hence, we hope to help blind and vision-impaired people to achieve their fullest potential within the society.
Guide Dogs Singapore has been responsible for successfully training and pairing 11 guide dog teams in our history, of which 6 are currently active. A steadily increasing number of potential clients have also joined our waiting list.
Why Guide Dogs
Affectionately considered as a man’s best friend, some dog breeds have an innate desire to work, making them exceptional service companions. Guide Dogs are proven to increase confidence, safety and efficiency in travelling for people with vision loss.
Our Guide Dog Programme
At Guide Dogs Singapore, we match suitable dogs with our Clients, who are then trained by a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor on how to work their dogs and to look after them.
Our Guide Dogs and their users receive continual training, assessments and aftercare support to ensure a safe and viable teamwork.
Most of our Guide Dogs are Labradors or a mix between Labradors and Golden Retrievers due to their gentle nature and eagerness to work and please.
How to Identify Guide Dogs
Usually medium to large breeds are being used as they need to be of a suitable size to guide a person effectively.
Firstly, Guide Dogs wear a working harness. The harness has a hard handle to enable their vision-impaired user to feel directions and movement.
Secondly, a Guide Dog in training or a Guide Dog puppy in training wears a vest. The vest has the logo of the Guide Dog organisation it belongs to.
Thirdly, for the Guide Dog Teams who are with Guide Dogs Singapore, they are also identifiable by a Guide Dog Team ID card.