Guide Dogs Australia have harnesses a fresh new uniform look for our iconic Guide Dogs in training.
There will be no fashion “fur-paws” in sight as furry four-legged models take streets in their new coats which have been sponsored by ADVANCETM.
At Guide Dogs WA, we are excited to be using these new coats which will be uniform across the country for the first time to make Guide Dogs-in-training more easily recognised when working.
At any one time, there may be over 600 pups and dogs being trained in communities across Australia, including 36 in Western Australia, to take on a special role as a Guide Dog.
While our Guide Dog harnesses are easily recognisable, the new training coats for dogs still learning to guide is particularly significant, as it’s the first nationally branded Guide Dogs coat to be used across the country.
Wherever you are in Australia, if you spot one of our coats, you will know that it’s a Guide Dog-in-training and it should not be distracted.
The new coats feature a reflective bright orange colour for visibility and are made of a highly breathable material to keep the dogs cool – and looking cool – when they are working. What’s more important though, is what they represent.
When you see a Guide Dog wearing one of our new coats in the community, it means they are on an important journey and working towards fulfilling the life-changing role of being someone’s guiding eyes.
Whether a dog is walking, sitting or sleeping, a Guide Dog should not be patted, fed or distracted. It also means these dogs are legally allowed to go anywhere their trainer or handler can, to assist with their training.
We’re asking the community to do their bit by making sure our handlers and their dogs feel welcome, and that your pet dog is on a leash and under control whenever you see a Guide Dog in harness or in one of our new bright orange training coats.
The new coats were made possible thanks to the support of Guide Dogs Australia’s national partner ADVANCETM who feed our Guide Dogs nationally, and are the result of a period of testing and consultation with all Guide Dog schools across the country.
To support our future Guide Dogs, you can donate here.
Watch our Guide Dogs in training on the “dog walk” here;