Project information

Training Dogs for Blind/Partially Sighted People

The Seeing Dogs Alliance trains Seeing Dogs to guide blind people, helping them to achieve greater personal mobility and independence. The dogs are trained by qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructors, who also train and support their blind owners.

Ongoing

Charity information: The Seeing Dogs Alliance

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  • Need

    Need

    For 70 years blind people in the UK had only one source of guide dogs. Now another option is available: The Seeing Dogs Alliance provides a choice.

    Solution

    Seeing Dogs has made increasing progress since it started operations in 2001. Our highly successful rearing/training programme presently includes several dogs either being puppy reared or receiving their Seeing Dog (our term for guide dog) training.

    We currently have 15 working Seeing Dogs, including two Hungarian wirehaired vizslas, which are the first of the breed in the UK, and maybe in the world, to qualify to guide blind people, and 3 retired dogs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The aim is to provide fully trained dogs for new owners, in order to build effective partnerships.

    Activities

    » Training will be carried out in the home, during which time puppies are familiarised with all circumstances they may face (travel, crowds etc.).

    Success will be successfully rearing and training seeing dogs and seeing dog puppies for all who require them in order to maintain their mobility and independence.


  • Impact

    Impact

    We train guide dogs, which we call Seeing Dogs to distinguish them from the dogs trained by Guide Dogs, and their prospective owners. Therefore, the changes to our clients' lives occur immediately they are qualified with their dogs, and have independent mobility. This situation lasts for as long as the dog is able to work, or until the client becomes incapable of working it, either due to illness or old age. We will generally allow clients to keep their dogs as pets when the dogs retire.

    Risk

    Dogs and puppies are normally trained in their homes, however, there is always the risk that this is not a suitable environment. Where necessary, we use hotels to mitigate this risk and in the future we hope to have our own dedicated training area.

    Reporting

    We have a magazine, which is published three times a year. This includes a report on the progress of puppies being reared and (mainly) dogs in training. If there is anything significant to report on working partnerships, that is also mentioned.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Training £15,000 is the cost to train one puppy
  • Background

    Location

    The charity is based in Woking, however, training is carried out in the home with back-up facilities arranged as required.

    Beneficiaries

    Blind or partially sighted people who wish to achieve or maintain personal mobility with a professionally trained dog, whilst remaining truly independent.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a very personal relationship with our clients.

    Most of our clients are people who have either been rejected for a dog by Guide Dogs, or have become disillusioned with Guide Dogs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Volunteers

    Guide Dog Owners and their families are running the charity.

£15000

To train one seeing dog

It is so wonderful to have a Seeing Dog that is well trained and so good at his job.

Seeing Dog owner