About Guide Dogs Singapore (GDS)Founded in 2006, GDS aims to enhance the visually impaired's quality of life. Focusing on arranging mobility training to the visually impaired, GDS pairs suitable candidates with guide dogs. As a non-profit voluntary welfare organisation, GDS has been granted the Charity status by the commissioner of charities. By working closely with building owners, food establishments and regulators, it is hoped that guide dogs would be better integrated into society, so as to bring better help and companion for the visually impaired and blind.
An inclusive society where every blind and visually-impaired person is empowered for independent living
We are dedicated to help the blind and visually-impaired people to achieve their fullest potential within the society
To build a world-class organisation providing excellent service quality and lifelong support to the blind and visually-impaired community
Sadly, not all dogs can be a guide dog. It is through special selections! On the breeding for these guide dogs, it is usually done through guide dog ancestors. Through special breeding, this will ensure that the temperament and physical structure of these guide dogs are similar. In Singapore, labrador and golden retrievers are top choices for a guide dog. In order to be an official guide dog, these dogs need to complete training at a young age. The total training period will take approximately 2 years! Upon completion of training, guide dogs are fit for work for around 7-9 years!
Job Scope of a Guide DogBefore we begin, how do you differentiate a pet labrador from a guide dog? Guide dogs can be identified through their shining armour - their 'guide dog' harness! Here are some important skills and abilities they are capable of.
- Lead a person from Point A to Point B
- Walk in a straight line
- Stop when there is a change in elevation (i.e stairs & kerbs) or at overhead obstacles (i.e trees)
- Intelligent disobedience: Avoid obstacles in their path and disobey if puts team in danger
- Find empty seats, bins, lifts, escalators
- Trained to eat at specific timings
- Toilet commands: Pee on command outdoors before entering indoor areas
- No barking or biting at humans and other dogs