Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

A guide dog mobility instructor is responsible for completing the final part of a guide dog’s training. The training of a guide dog is a long and intense process and each element of that training requires attention from a competent and dedicated member of the training team.

After the initial process of selecting prospective dogs and training them, it is a mobility instructor’s duty to make the transition from training to being housed with a blind person as smooth as possible. It is therefore imperative that this person possesses superb inter-personal and communication skills.

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The mobility instructor will supervise and aid the initial meetings between the dog and his future owner. Frequent trips to the houses of working dogs are essential in order to monitor the progress of the dog in his new environment so a driving licence is needed.

This job requires a person to walk long distances every day in all sorts of weather, so physical fitness is needed in order to be most effective in this job. This job can be very demanding as night shifts are sometimes necessary, but at the same time can be very rewarding.

A minimum of five G.C.S.E. passes (grade c or above) is essential and they must include English, maths and science. As well as academic achievement, candidates for this job should have experience and confidence with dogs.

Promotion opportunities are available to areas such as Area supervisor or Regional training manager.

Further information on becoming a guide dog mobility instructor can be sought from:

The guide dogs for the blind association (head office)
Hillfields.
Burghfield
Reading.
RG7 3YG
Telephone-01189835555