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A guide dog for you?

Are you visually impaired or blind and interested in a guide dog from our school?

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us. Liliane Dill or Björn Hauswirth would be happy to invite you to a personal counseling interview at our school.

 

Of course you can also call us to get information and make an appointment. Telephone +41 61 487 95 95

Link to the folder «Ein Führhund für Sie?» (in German)

Link to the brochure «Meine Führhunde» (in German)

The path to obtaining a guide dog

Counseling Interview

Following the initial contact we would be pleased to invite you to a personal counselling interview in Allschwil. During this first half-day visit we will show you around the school and take a long walk. This will enable both of us to gain an overall picture of the mutual possibilities and requirements.

If further collaboration is in the interests of both parties we would be happy to invite you to one of our free Information courses for interessees.

Info workshop

Goal of the 3-day information course is to obtain knowledge on which to base the decision if a guide dog is the optimal aid for you. Furthermore the course enables us to deepen the antecedent information exchange.

 

And instructor and his dog accompany you throughout the course. The practical experience with the dog, lead by your personal instructor, give you a tangible idea of the co-operation an co-habitation with a guide dog. You will take care of the dog, feed it, take him for walks, play with him, make various exercises with him and walk with the dog in the harness.

 

To learn about your orientation and mobility (O+M) an experienced specialist is on Hand. If there are insecurities we can offer professional advice to improve your mobility in regards to obtaining a guide dog.

 

During a personal talk we respond to the experiences you made during the course and discuss the course of action.

Assessment at your home and workplace

As a next step an instructor visits you at your place of residence. There he accompanies you in your everyday life to obtain a picture of the activities and free run possibilities for a future guide dog.

 

A positive assessment is the base for the choice of a suitable dog.

Instruction at your home and workplace

Training of handler and dog takes place over a period of 6 months, 1 week twice during the first month and 1 day during each of the following 5 months. If needed additional days can be added.

 

Training takes place at your place of residence and is usually handled by the dog's trainer. The Trainer is your contact through the entire period the dog is with you.

The first week is mainly to establish a solid bond between you and your dog. To allow the dog to connect with his new human contact it is advisable to have a pause between the 2 training weeks. In the second week you and your dog learn to master the most important routes alone in the harness. In the process you can always rely on your instructors advice and Support.

Approval by the paying authorities

(Switzerland: Invalidenversicherung; Germany: Krankenkasse)

 

After an average of 6 months introductory period the team is tested by an expert to see if handler and dog are in sync and can manoeuver safely in their surroundings and through traffic.

 

After successful approval the paying authorities take care of the monthly payments for food and veterinary costs as well as the rental fee for the dog for as long as the dog is in service. Through that the guide dog handler incurs no costs. The School also assists seeing impaired and blind people who have no right to support from the Swiss insurance authorities.

 

Other services offered by the School

Assistance for the dog/human team

The Foundation Swiss School for Guide Dogs for the Blind cares for the team throughout the guide dog's career. The instructor visits the team once a year or as needed, supporting the dog handler in his work with the guide dog. Furthermore the dog handlers are invited to continuing education events.

In case of illness, of the handler or the dog, the School takes care of the guide dog. The School retains full ownership of the dog at all times.

Public relations

The guide dog School promotes the interests of visually impaired and blind people. Informing the public about daily challenges of the guide dog Teams as well as seeking the approval for the "Right of Access" for guide dogs to public buildings and stores.