Profession guide dog instructor

Guide dog instructors train dogs to be responsible in guiding blind people to travel effectively. They plan the training sessions, match guide dogs with their clients and ensure overall routine care of the training dogs. Guide dog instructors also provide advice to the blind people in the use of techniques that facilitate dog's travel skills and mobility.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Social
  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Guide dog training methods

    The methods that are used to train dogs to guide people who are visually impaired.

  • Visual disability

    Impairment of the ability to naturally discern and process viewed images.

  • Animal welfare legislation

    The legal boundaries, codes of professional conduct, national and EU regulatory frameworks and legal procedures of working with animals and living organisms, ensuring their welfare and health.

  • Dog behaviour

    Natural behavioural patterns of dogs, how normal and abnormal behaviour might be expressed according to dog breeds, environment, human-animal interaction and occupation.

Skills

  • Train animals and individuals to work together

    Train animals and individuals to work together, including the match between individuals and animals, the design of integrated training programmes for people and animals, implementation of integrated training programmes, evaluation of integrated training programmes for people and animals against agreed outcomes and evaluating the compatibility between individuals and animals in relation to physical characteristics.

  • Implement training programmes for animals

    Implement training programmes for animals for basic training purposes or to meet specific objectives, following a developed training programme, and reviewing and recording progress against set objectives.'

  • Control animal movement

    Direct, control or restrain some or part of an animal's, or a group of animals', movement.

  • Implement exercise activities for animals

    Provide exercise opportunities that are suitable for respective animals and meet their particular physical requirements.'

  • Protect health and safety when handling animals

    Protect health and welfare of animals and their handlers.

  • Create animal records

    Create animal records according to industry relevant information and using appropriate record keeping systems.

  • Assist social service users with physical disabilities

    Help service users with mobility problems and other physical disabilities such as incontinence, assisting in the use and care of aids and personal equipment.

  • Show social competences

    Ability to interact effectively with other people.

  • Assess the compatibility of individuals and animals to work together

    Assess the compatibility of humans and animals to work together, in relation to physical characteristics, capability, temperament and potential.

  • Advise customers on appropriate pet care

    Provide information to customers on how to feed and care for pets, appropriate food choices, vaccination needs, etc.

  • Evaluate dogs

    Assess whether certain dogs are ready to work as a guide dog or not, whether certain dogs should be withdrawn from the training programme, need extra training or a different approach, etc.

  • Provide animal training

    Provide training in basic handling, habituation, and obedience to enable the completion of day-to-day tasks while minimising the risks to the animal, the handler, and others.'

  • Deal with challenging people

    Work safely and communicate effectively with individuals and groups of people who are in challenging circumstances. This would include recognition of signs of aggression, distress, threatening and how to address them to promote personal safety and that of others.

Optional knowledge and skills

interview people work with veterinarians tolerate stress physiology of animals maintain professional administration manage a small-to-medium business provide an enriching environment for animals anatomy of animals support individuals to adjust to physical disability provide first aid to animals instruct on animal care administer appointments advise on animal purchase provide nutrition to animals animal welfare maintain animal accommodation design training programmes for animals assist in transportation of animals stay alert