Kanagawa Training Center:Japan Guide Dog Association

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Kanagawa Training Center

Kanagawa Training Center is the base facility for guide dog training of the Japan Guide Dog Association. Approximately 60 dogs are training here. This facility is the biggest of the JGDA's four training facilities both in terms of the numbers of staff and dogs being trained. Also, it is a lively training center where many volunteers visit daily.

This training center was established in 1997, the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the JGDA, and is the first facility of JGDA which specialized in training guide dogs. It consists of two buildings; a training building with nine joint training rooms and a kennel building equipped with medical installations.
Also, in order to overcome the chronic shortage of guide dog trainers, in April 2004, it established the "School of guide dog trainers attached to the Japan Guide Dog Association." It was the first school of guide dog trainers in Japan and continues to cultivate excellent trainers with a high degree of professionalism. It takes the form of a school with classroom lectures and training practice. Now graduates of the school who have acquired specialized knowledge are an enormous asset to the JGDA and remain active in both the training field and enlightenment activities.

This training center engages in educational activities to promote understanding of guide dogs and of visual impairment. Furthermore, it conducts activities for people with a visual impairment to facilitate their full participation in society. These activities include; guide dog demonstrations at event sites, fundraising campaigns and school visits in various regions called "School Caravan". In 2012, the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Act on Assistance Dogs for Physically Disabled Persons, it conducted a "Guide Dogs Parade" in Shibuya Ward in Tokyo and Yokohama City in Kanagawa Prefecture to promote understanding of guide dogs.

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