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Guide Dog Trainer - Ireland

Would you like the chance to work with a National Irish Organisation leading in its sector?


Do you want to take the next step in your career as a Guide Dog Trainer and join Irish Guide Dogs fro the Blind for 12 months?


Irish Guide Dogs is one of Ireland leading Charities, dedicated to the achievement of independent living and wellbeing of its Clients. By working at Irish Guide Dogs, you will gain a wealth of experience within an organisation that has the ability to adapt to diverse Client needs and the agility to manage in a changing environment.  An organisation that keeps quality and service excellence at the forefront of all activities, and that helps our communities to create a meaningful impact.


The role

To provide specialist training and support to allocated dogs.  The training provided allows each dog to progress in the appropriate manner to advanced training standard.


The Guide Dog Trainer provides specialist training and support to allocated dogs under the care of the Early Training Team.  The training provided allows the dog to progress in the appropriate manner to advanced training standard and to progress on to qualify as either a guide dog or an assistance dog.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES                                             

  • Carry out preliminary assessment of dogs               
  • Prepare selected dogs according to the pre-determined programme to ensure that dogs are supplied within desired time frame and quality           
  • Identifies temperamental and behavioural issues and ensures the application of appropriate solutions. Highlights all health issues and promptly refers them to be reviewed.   
  • Adapts pre-determined programme and implements individual training programme for all dogs allocated to them.    
  • Assist in training for new staff, students, puppy walkers, Apprentice GDTs’,  Guide Dog Mobility Instructors and others as required.        
  • Highlight dogs that are ready for progression of training and recommend dogs that should be withdrawn.      
  • Maintains accurate and up to date records including PAWS for dogs in their charge.  Maintain regular & appropriate communication with puppy walkers to update on the dogs progress 
  • Reports and documents all accidents and incidents relating to dogs in their charge and also with third parties, in line with current Health and Safety policies.           
  • Working as part of a Team to support each other and to support from time to time Fundraising and other departments in the Operations of IGDB.                      




Job specific skills - Skilled in dog handling and analysing dogs temperament to provide a successful outcome for each dog.

  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of dog psychology and behaviour modification.
  • Ability to successfully embrace and solve problem behaviours.
  • Flexibility is required in adapting existing procedures to meet current need.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent employment record.


Previous relevant experience - Experience of dog handling skills and knowledge demonstrating successful delivery of an outcome.

  • Practical experience working with dogs within either dog care or training environment.  
  • Knowledge      Knowledge of Guide dog training and methods, staff training and instructional techniques and canine behaviour.
  • Excellent Computer Skills in Excel, Word, etc.


Qualifications/ Training - Guide Dog Training Qualification/Certificate of Higher Education in Canine Assistance Dog training or an IGDF equivalent qualification.

  • Animal Care Qualification or equivalent.
  • Educated to pass Leaving Certificate standard (or equivalent) including English, Maths and ideally science.
  • Full clean driving licence essential.
  • Guide Dog’s is a learning organisation and we are committed to fostering a positive climate for continuous learning. We expect all our people to demonstrate commitment and actively participate in continuous professional development (CPD).  
  • Dog friendly     Comfortable with dogs in the workplace/ office.       
  • Eligibility to work in Ireland     Proof of identity and eligibility to work in Ireland           
  • Special conditions:      Some out of hours working and travel required from time to time.                       

Further information:

If you have any questions relating to this role or would like to discuss the requirements further please contact Ms. Elaine Cannon on email Elaine Cannon elainecannon@guidedogs.ie or 021 – 4878200

To apply:

Please submit your CV to recruitment@guidedogs.ie with GDT0218 Application in the subject line.  Closing date for applications is COB on Friday March 16th 2018