How long do guide dogs work for?

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A Guide Dog client will usually work with a dog for around eight or nine years.

What is a Guide Dog able to do? A Guide Dog is trained to guide a client in a given direction unless told otherwise, avoiding obstacles on the route.

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What is the average time for a person to handle a Guide Dog? A Guide Dog client will usually work with a dog for around eight or nine years.

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The handler listens for traffic and then tells the dog "forward." If there is danger, the dog will not move until it is safe.

Guide dogs don't know their handler's destinations so it must follow instructions on how far to go and when to turn.

It is up to the dog to avoid any obstacles along the way.

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A Guide Dog client will usually work with a dog for around eight or nine years.

What is a Guide Dog able to do? A Guide Dog is trained to guide a client in a given direction unless told otherwise, avoiding obstacles on the route.

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They are returned to the guide dog centre at about 14 months old to complete formal training.

It can take up to six months for the dog to complete its formal training.

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Puppy raisers generally receive their wards at about 8 weeks of age and return them to the guide dog center at around 14 months for formal training.

Typically the actual working part of a dogs training takes between 3 and 9 months - after the puppy stage and "being a good pet" training is finished.

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For example, working with a guide dog could provide an employee with a level of independence, confidence, and a sense of security that no other accommodation could provide for that particular individual… One such situation occurs when an employee is allergic to a service animal used by another employee.
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How long does it take to train a guide dog? Puppy raisers generally receive their wards at about 8 weeks of age and return them to the guide dog center at around 14 months for formal training.

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