Matching guide dogs to owners

Guide dog owners develop a very close relationship with their guide dogs, which in itself can be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling experience.

While guide dogs are working dogs, you’ll spend a lot of your time relaxing and playing with them to ensure they receive the attention they need. This also helps establish a level of respect and trust between you and the dog, which is needed when you are out working together.

Which dogs are guide dogs?

We mainly use Labradors, golden retrievers and crosses of these two breeds as assistance dogs, with a small number of other breeds that we use less frequently. Different breeds of dog have different characteristics, which allow us to meet the needs of the many people training with guide dogs.

Examples of how we match dog and owner include:

  • pairing active dogs with active clients
  • using larger dogs as stability aids for clients with mobility and balance difficulties

When you go through the process of getting a guide dog, we’ll establish all of your needs early on to ensure we provide you the best match possible.