Training with a guide dog FAQs

Training with a guide dog

The short answer to this one is that they don’t. The decision to cross the road is made by the owner who decides where and when it is safe to cross.

The dog will learn routes over a period of time. However, it is a partnership and the owner needs to have knowledge of their environment in order to support the dog and tell it which way to go. You need to remember that the dog left to its own devices may choose the route to the park every time, so it is important that you are in charge of navigation.

Like all dogs, guide dogs need regular exercise, and it is important that they are exercised while working in harness to reinforce their training, as well as any free running recommended by your trainer. Unfortunately, this means going out on rainy days too, so that is something you need to think about.