When the trainer’s eyes are covered
The biggest evidence that the guide dog really learnt the lessons when he leads his covered-eye trainer.
With this exercise we made sure that the dog is capable to pay attention to a person, to assist her, he learns self-confidence and patience, and acquires high level of self-determination.
After approx. 20 hours spent with practice there is an exam where the trainer’s eyes are covered. The team completes the route practiced before within approx. an hour. The exam includes tasks such as unleashing and recalling, searching for a bus stop, getting on a vehicle, searching for a free seat on the bus, staying in place in a disturbing environment, searching for a crosswalk and crossing the road safely, etc.