Guide dog trainers train dogs to guide people who are partially or wholly visually impaired, also known as blind people. After training a guide dog, the trainer needs to teach the blind person how to use the dog.
Guide dog trainers choose a team of twelve-month old puppies - usually eight - for training. The pups are put through a training programme and are then assessed over a period of from four to six months. Guide dog trainers then train the dogs to guide visually impaired people, getting the dogs used to all kinds of places of work and living conditions. Training lasts for up to six weeks. Blind people trained at the guide dog centre usually receive a further three to five days of follow up instruction after they return home.
Guide dog trainers need to be physically healthy and strong, and free from leg, back, muscular, skeletal or foot disorders, because young dogs often get excited, especially when they begin training and may jump up all over the trainee.