Once they enter formal, advanced training, at around 18 months of age, they leave their puppy raiser and join a volunteer formal boarder who will provide the young dog a home for the next 8-10 months. During this period, the dog attends “school” each week day, with one Guide Dog Instructor who builds trust and a strong and positive relationship with the dog.
They undertake a number of training sessions each day, relaxing in the Guide Dog office, playing in the exercise yard, chewing toys or sleeping in-between training sessions and walks.
Out of school, the dogs enjoy playtime, free running and toys as any other pet dog would.
In the early stages, they begin with simple tasks such as:
Progressing to more complex and challenging tasks, when the dog is ready. This may include: