Our new online resource for current and future guide dog owners

Author: Siobhan Meade
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Guide dogs are truly life-changing, and for someone like me who has been a guide dog owner for over 20 years, the journey has been nothing short of amazing. It's heart-warming to see an abundance of resources and information available for those embarking on their guide dog journey. Whether you're a first-time guide dog owner or have had the privilege of sharing your life with several guide dogs, the information and support available today can enhance your experience and strengthen your bond with your dog.

Our new online resource, especially for guide dog owners and those in the process of applying for a dog, has been generated through customer insights, making it a vital addition to the guide dog customer journey. As a seasoned guide dog owner, I understand that learning is a lifelong process, and having a dedicated place to access relevant information is crucial in providing the best care for our guide dogs.

An evolving hub of information

These resources are not static but represent the first iteration. Content will continue to be added throughout the next few months and into 2024, ensuring that the guidance and support remain up-to-date and relevant. These resources cater to those who are Ready to Train, helping people prepare for their guide dog journey while keeping people engaged and informed. Moreover, they offer a wealth of information for existing guide dog owners, like me, to continuously care for our guide dogs.

Topics covered include:

Preparing for your guide dog partnership - Discover what to expect when preparing for a new guide dog, from training to adapting your home.

Creating your guide dog partnership - Dive into the process of forming a strong, trusting partnership with your guide dog.

Working with your guide dog - Explore tips and techniques for effectively navigating the world with your guide dog by your side.

Caring for your guide dog - Learn how to provide the best possible care for your dog, including grooming, nutrition, and exercise.

Additional services - Find out about other services that can help people with a vision impairment live actively, independently, and fulfilling lives.

Screenshot of the Guide Dog Service online resource showing the four different areas of content

As someone who has shared my life with guide dogs for more than two decades, I can't emphasize enough how invaluable these resources are. Staying up-to-date with the latest tools and information helps me give my guide dog the best chance at leading a fit and healthy life. These resources also empower me to be the best owner I can be, ensuring that my guide dog and I continue to thrive together.

The journey of a guide dog owner is a remarkable one, filled with love, trust, and endless discoveries. With these resources at your fingertips, whether you're starting your journey or have walked this path for years, you have the support and knowledge needed to make the most of your extraordinary partnership with your guide dog. Together, we can continue to learn, grow, and provide the best care for our dogs, ensuring they lead happy, healthy lives as our steadfast guides.

Guide dog owners and those who are Ready to Train have been sent details on how to access this exclusive new resource but if you need any help, please contact Guide Line by emailing information@guidedogs.org.uk or calling 0800 781 1444.

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