I have worked for most of my career with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Guide Dogs). Since joining Guide Dogs in 1977, I have held a number of different posts. Initially I worked as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor – training guide dogs and then training visually impaired persons to use them. Since then, I went on to become, firstly Head of Reproduction and Genetics at Guide Dogs national puppy breeding centre in 2001, and then Head of Breeding and Puppy Walking in 2005. Over recent years I have become increasingly involved with canine research activities and at the start of 2010 was appointed as Canine Research Manager for Guide Dogs.
School Research Theme:
Population Health and Welfare
Summary of Research:
This study will analyse the value to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Guide Dogs), in using controlled behavioural assessments to predict future behaviour in trainee guide dogs.
Historically Guide Dogs have evaluated trainee dog behaviour by means of rolling assessments in a non-controlled environment and with no fixed stimuli. This study will analyse data collected through two controlled behavioural assessment models on puppies and adult dogs and compare this with the dogs final guide dog working outcome (qualification or withdrawal). The models are existing pilot schemes that were developed by me and some of my colleagues. Assessments are carried out in controlled environments, with fixed stimuli, where dog behaviour is evaluated on a single assessment, against clearly defined protocols.
Primary Funding Source:
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