Apply To Be A Guide Dog User
Guide Dogs are provided to competent clients who fulfill the requirements that will enable them to be a potential fit as a Guide Dog User. This is to ensure that the working relationship is successful.
Guide Dogs work exclusively with their users for eight to ten years if conditions permit. They are more than a mobility aid. As companions to their users, they increase their users’ confidence and social contact.
Prerequisites to the Guide Dog Programme
If your application is successful, you will be placed on the waitlist for GDS to find compatible dogs to match with. If you do not have the basic O&M skills, our O&M Specialists will provide you with the necessary training.
Once a Guide Dog has been matched with its user, our Guide Dog Mobility Instructor will train both the dog and its user to ensure that they can establish a good working relationship. Guide Dogs have been proven to make travelling safer and also more efficient for their users.
Guide Dog Information Session
We hosted a guide dog information session for our clients with Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI), Christina. The purpose of the session was to give our clients a more balanced view between the use of cane and guide dog while dispelling some misconceptions about guide dog use. To allow our clients to gain some insight on the differences between travelling with a cane and guide dog, our clients went through an experiential walk with our 4 legged assistant, Orinda. GDMI Christina was there to guide them through with instructions and cues, she also held on to Orinda’s leash while the client held onto Orinda’s harness. In this video, features Nurul a cane user with her experiential walk! P.s: Orinda's handler, Sophie was busy being the guest speaker of the day! Video description: GDMI Christina giving Nurul some instructions before cueing Orinda and Nurul to start walking. Nurul is holding on to Orinda's harness while Christina is holding on Orinda's leash. As they began walking along the corridor, Nurul started off anxious as she was shuffling her feet. After Christina gave Nurul some prompts, Nurul appeared more relaxed and confident. Orinda continued guiding Nurul as she followed some directional commands and avoided some obstacles before reaching an office door as their final destination.Posted by Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd on Monday, 12 October 2020