The goal is to get dogs to help visually impaired people navigate urban landscapes
James Park, a trainer at the school, told news agency Yonhap that "Our training program aims to help guide dogs get used to dealing with crowded places, such as apartment complexes, subways, department stores, escalators and crosswalks."
Its trainers amassed their expertise by traveling abroad to study the operations of renowned guide dog schools in New Zealand and the United States, before returning to Korea build Samsung Guide Dog School.
Volunteers can get involved in a variety of ways – the school runs puppy walking and homecare programs, allowing a large range of people to play an active part in the dogs' training. The school also obtained full membership of the globally recognized International Guide Dog Federation.
At a ceremony held in Seoul’s Seocho District 12 of the school’s most recent canine graduates met their new companions.
Organizers screened an introductory video that included footage of the dogs' training sessions, and read out letters of thanks to volunteers, written by grateful guide dog recipients. Pastor Ji Ho Yang, 38, was introduced to his new guide dog – named Hanuel – at the event. Yang said, "I'd like to thank the school for all of its work over the years. Being visually impaired means you sometimes have a hard time approaching other people. Guide dogs can help change that. They are a source of motivation for me. I'm sure I'll become great friends with Haneul!