The Moscow Metro will train over 80 shepherd dogs and Labradors this year. The assistance animals will be trained to move around the metro: enter building entrance doors, go through turnstiles, and ride trains without fear. The training sessions will begin on 16 August and will last through the end of the year.
Specialists will train shepherd dogs and Labradors in trains moving between these two stations. The dogs will learn how to orient themselves during the ride, stay calm and not be afraid of passengers.
Employees of the Passenger Mobility Centre and the Russian Guide Dog Training School of the National Association of the Blind (VOS) will oversee the training sessions.
“The guide dogs will be trained to move safely around metro stations, cross building entrance doors and go through the turnstiles. The trainers will focus on using the escalators and entering and exiting the train. The training will take place once a week during off-peak hours at Novokosino and Aviamotornaya stations,” said Roman Latypov, First Deputy Head of the Moscow Metro for Strategic Development and Customer Service.
The guide dog training programme, which is designed to help disabled people, started in 2014. Over 130 dogs were trained during the last three years. A special training method, under the federal law on sight-impaired people’s safe movement escorted by guide dogs in the metro, was developed in the metro in cooperation with the VOS.