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Guide Dog Trainer Cadet Program

Update: July 2019:

Please note, we are not currently recruiting for our Guide Dog Trainer Cadet program (and is unlikely to change for the remainder of 2019), but please keep an eye on this page, as we will update it as soon as the Cadet program relaunches.


Guide Dog Trainer Cadet with Guide Dog in training Annie

Shea with dog trainee, Annie

At the beginning of 2016, we launched a Guide Dog Trainer Cadet program— which was a first for Western Australia. The program was designed to increase the number of Guide Dog Trainers, and the continuation of our Guide Dog training program.

Shea Heinsen, Guide Dog Trainer Cadet, explains her experience of the program: “It’s Guide Dog school for everyone. Cadets and dogs will learn and grow together. I’m very lucky, it’s a very rewarding and equally unique niche… and it makes such a huge difference to people’s lives.”

If this Cadet program is something you are interested in, then please take note of the below qualifications and experience.

These will make you stand out as a desirable candidate and give you a good chance next time we are recruiting!

  • Volunteer for us or become a Puppy Raiser or Boarder
  • Cert III or Cert IV in Companion Animal Studies
  • Degree in psychology or teaching,
  • Be physically fit and able to walk at least 10 – 15kms per day,
  • Previous experience in client management systems and report writing,
  • Effective with time management, and solutions-focused.
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