Click & Treat: New Methods for Providing Route Orientation to Guide Dog Teams!

Photo: 3 Guide Dogs in-harness lie in the grass side by side.

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Orientation and Mobility Specialists play an important role in supporting guide dog teams. Occasionally, they may be called upon to orient teams to new routes and destinations. Methods for teaching new routes have changed over recent years in response to a shift in guide dog training techniques most notably the introduction of food reward and clicker training. However, traditional orientation methods are still valid so it is important that O&M Specialists are familiar with both traditional and new techniques to be able to use best practice when orienting guide dog teams.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will review/learn traditional guide dog route orientation methods which utilize the patterning method
  • Participants will learn how guide dogs are now trained at GDB using positive reinforcement i.e. clicker training
  • Participants will learn how guide dog handlers incorporate clicker training into their guide work and how to orient teams using back-chaining.

Presenter: Marc Gillard, B. For. Sc.,Grad. Dip. O&M, GDMI O&M Services Manager, Guide Dogs for the Blind

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