Matching guide dogs to owners

Matching dogs to owners

People develop a very close relationship with their guide dogs which in itself can be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling experience. A guide dog is not always working, so owners will spend a lot of their time relaxing and playing with their guide dog and ensuring their dog receives the attention it needs. This also helps establish a level of respect and trust between the dog and owner which is needed when they are out working together.

We mainly use labradors, golden retrievers and crosses of these two breeds. We have a small number of other breeds that we use less frequently. Different breeds of dog have different characteristics which supports the differing needs of the many people training with Guide Dogs. For example;

  • Active dogs are matched with active clients
  • Alsations have a longer stride, which marry well with clients with long strides
  • Cross breeding with non-moulting dogs like poodles for clients with allergies
  • Larger dogs are used as stability aids for clients with mobility and balance difficulties

Our staff will take great care in looking at all the possibilities and even if a guide dog is not the right solution we can often give guidance about how else people might proceed towards meeting their needs for getting around with a greater level of independence.


Matching guide dogs to owners