Guide Dog Program

Guide Dogs enhance the mobility and independence of people who are blind or vision impaired. They support their handlers by:

  • Negotiating obstacles
  • Stopping when there's a change in surface level such as a kerb or set of stairs
  • Locating doors, seats, pedestrian buttons at traffic lights
  • Locating the destinations that their handler uses regularly.

Guide Dogs are just one type of mobility aid available to people who are blind or vision impaired. To find out more about specialist orientation and mobility support and aids such as white canes, Miniguides or GPS, visit the VisAbility website. 

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Guide Dog Facts

  • It is important not to distract a Guide Dog while in harness. Always ask a Guide Dog user before saying hello to their companion
  • Guide Dogs are only working when in harness, out of harness they can play and behave like any other (well trained) pet dog
  • By law, Guide Dogs can go anywhere the Guide Dog user can. The only exceptions are zoos and operating theatres. These conditions are set by government legislation and people who don't comply face tough fines.

For more information find out about stages of Guide Dog training or visit our Guide Dog FAQs.