Guide Dog Trainers' School attached to JGDA

We train excellent guide dog trainers who will be the support and driving force of the future of guide dog raising.

On April 1, 2004, Japan Guide Dog Association (JGDA) founded a school forguide dog trainers for the first time in Japan.

It has been a common practice that a would-be trainer gets employed as an apprentice by a guide dog organization and learns, while working, what he/she needs to. JGDA has started to give education to the students at its school and to employ guide dog trainers from among the graduates.

It often happens that an apprentice is discouraged on the way, because learning from working requires a lot of time, is stressful and burdensome,and makes it difficult for him/her to obtain all-around knowledge as well as experience.

Guide Dog Trainers' School aims at providing those students who would like to be guide dog trainers with a place where they can systematically acquire the knowledge and training skills based on science and develop into guide dog trainers worthy of the name. In order to become better guide dog trainers with deep understanding of the problems which visually impaired people would face, the students are given lectures and practical training not only on guide dogs but also on the rehabilitation of the visually impaired and the welfare of the disabled. They are also given chances to make field trips to or get practical training at other rehabilitation facilities for the people with visual impairment.

The training skills and the knowledge about dogs the students acquire here at our school are essential to the training of all the other dogs, including other service dogs, living in our human society as well as to that of guide dogs.

The number of students admitted to the school is ten or less every year. When the students finish two years of Basic Course for Training Guide Dogs, they will be qualified as Junior Guide Dog Trainers, and if they go through additional one year of Special Course for Training Guide Dogs, they will be qualified as Guide Dog Trainers.


Address: 6001-9, Shin-Yoshida-cho, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-shi,
Kanagawa 223-0056 Japan
E-mail : school-info@moudouken.net
Principal: Kazumasa Oda (the vice-chairperson of the board of directors)
Curriculum Coordinator: Satoru Tawada (an assessor of IGDF)
Curriculum

Although Guide Dog Trainers' School attached to JGDA is not authorized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the curriculum is based on the Training Standards for the Guide Dog Trainers and Instructors in Walking with a Guide Dog prescribed by the National Council of the Agencies for the Welfare of the Blind.

Subjects for the Basic Course for Training Guide Dogs

Although Guide Dog Trainers' School attached to JGDA is not authorized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the curriculum is based on the Training Standards for the Guide Dog Trainers and Instructors in Walking with a Guide Dog prescribed by the National Council of the Agencies for the Welfare of the Blind.

  • Introductory fields of training
    Basics of guide dog training
    Practical training of guide dogs
    Theory of instructing walking with a guide dog
  • Introductory subjects related to dogs
    Biology of dogs
    Behavioral science of dogs
    Sanitary science
  • Subjects on rehabilitation of the people with visual impairment
    Social welfare policies
    Welfare of the disabled
    Rehabilitation of the visually impaired
  • Subjects for general education
    Laws and regulations
    Reading references in English
    Discourses
  • Practical exercises
    Practical exercises in training dogs
    Practical exercises with the visually impaired
    Field trips to facilities for the rehabilitation of the visually impaired.
Subjects for the Special Course for Training Guide Dogs

While working as junior guide dog trainers, the students are supposed to practically learn through unit trainings under the guidance of the instructors how to instruct the visually impaired trainees to walk with a guide dog. Subjects to be taken are not yet decided.

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