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Guide Dog Mobility Instructor - Liestal, Switzerland


Founded in 1986, the Verein für Blindenhunde und Mobilitätshilfen VBM (Association of Guide Dogs and Mobility Aids) has trained Guide Dogs of various breeds, supported Puppy Raisers with their dogs and supported Guide Dog Teams during their time together for over 30 years.

It is our mission to bring together visually impaired and blind Clients with matching Guide Dogs so they may discover the world together.

In order to educate about Guide Dogs and promote mutual understanding between Guide Dog Clients and society, we engage in public conversations and give presentations and interviews.

VBM is recognised by the Federal Social Insurance Office FSIO and a full member of the International Guide Dog Federation.

Below you will find a brief introduction into your functions. For more information, including desired requirements, please consult our website at http://blindenhund.ch/arbeiten-beim-vbm/ (Menu: Über uns – Arbeiten beim VBM)

2         WORKING AT VBM

-   Interesting and diversified work in the social services field

-   Training of different dog breeds

-   Close collaboration with a motivated team with insight into other working areas

-   Permanent full-time position (42 hours/week)

-   13 months wage, including social benefits, expense reimbursements and paid vacation (5 weeks/year)

-   Support of professional development

-   Temporary accomodation at work place available

-   Vehicle provided for occasional dog care at home

Work location is the Seminarzentrum Weideli in Liestal and lies at the foot of the Schleifenberg, with a forest nearby. The Seminarzentrum Weideli is easy accessible by public transport and car.

Situated on the border to Germany and France is Basel, just 15 km away and known for its broad range of cultural offerings and art institutions. Switzerland is known for its high standard of life, a good social security system and beautiful nature.

3         FUNCTIONS

3.1 Assessment of physical and temperamental suitability to enter Guide Dog training

-   Observe the dog in different environmental situations and define reaction

-   Establish basic obedience and domestic behaviour

3.2 Guide Dog training

-   Design an efficient training plan with focus on positive reinforcement

-   Recognize training-relevant needs of various breeds

-   Determine appropriate training methodology based on each dog’s individual characteristics

-   Identify and train specific guiding skills depending on the Client

3.3 Matching Guide Dogs with Client

-   Establish suitability and needs of Client and determine the appropriate Guide Dog in training

-   Review matched dog’s guiding skills are fully developed and ensure all health requirements are met prior to placement

-   Introduction at place of residence of Client within Switzerland

-   Annual follow up visits of allocated Guide Dog Teams within Switzerland

-   Establish analysis of problems and develop solutions

3.4 General and public related work


If you are interested in this position, enjoy training Guide Dogs and interacting with people, we are looking forward to your application documents at vbm@blindenhund.ch


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us Tuesday to Friday, 8 am to 12 pm and 1.30 pm to 4 pm on +41 (0)61 906 30 00 or write us an e-mail at vbm@blindenhund.ch


Verein für Blindenhunde und Mobilitätshilfen VBM

Weideliweg 20

4410 Liestal



phone       +41 (0)61 906 30 00

email        vbm@blindenhund.ch

website     www.blindenhund.ch