The trainers of the hungarian guide dogs:
dr. Tamás Mezősi
I am a teacher. I was already giving private lessons when I myself was still a student, and up to this day I live to this passion – just in another form. I gained my education on the Kossuth Lajos Tudományegyetem (professor) and on Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem (rehabilitation specialist in the fields of visual impairment). I taught healthy and handicapped people, I trained finder and guide dogs as well. Now I can join all this with training guide-dogs. I am still in process of learning: profession, being humane, group work. I lead the Institution watchfully, carefully and with a big professional humbleness.
In 2011 I completed a postgraduate qualificitation of Habilitation dog trainer.
In 2012 we started the training for rescue dogs, collaborating with the Borsod Dogsport dog school from Miskolc, and we started to educate the reinforcements on rescue dogs.
(Fecske 2016, Fanni 2015, Marcipán 2015, Ebu 2014, Kenobi 2014, Szilaj 2014, Pax 2014, Ében 2012, Rusty 2012, Borcsa 2012, Tami 2012, Blake 2011, Bogyó 2011, Maci 2011, Joey 2010, Opál 2009, Fiona 2008, Rumi 2008)
My service dogs
- Labda: (1998.11.28. – 2012.07.14.) Born in 1998 November, castrated labrador retriever female. Started her career as rescue dog. Earned the highest qualification in ruin-searching, territory-searching and trailing. Her first work abroad was at the Turkish earthquake-catastrophe in 2000. She was also a very good therapy-dog, took part in each of our programmes, we can rely on her knowledge and determinedness.
- Dió: Born in 2006 June, castrated labrador retriever female. She is also a successful rescue dog, I travelled with her to the Sumatra earthquake in 2009. When reaching the age of 6, Dió also gained the highest qualification in territory-searching and ruin-searching. Due to her nice nature she is very efficient both as a therapy and a presentation dog
- Delta: Born in 2012 February, castrated labrador retriever female. Currently we are training her for rescue dog, she is already showing a big talent.
My qualification is animal breeder manager. I have been surrounded by dogs since I was 13: exhibitions, hunting dogs, breeding, organising and leading dog school for beagles, but I also learned dog cosmetics, dog training, and finally I found myself working with rescue dogs. For six years I coordinated the development of 15-25 dogs of the team, and trained my own dogs. I organised numerous rescue dog exhibitions, exams and competitions, participated in real rescue and searching operations, international trainings, ambulance and volunteer fireworker courses, and worked in a paramedic car. I trained search and rescue dogs, later guide dogs with the assistance of the Foundation. Meanwhile I worked as a veterinary assistant, participating in training, ethology, veterinary assistant retraining courses, all this to do my job at a sufficent level.
During the year 2008, I visited a rehabilation teacher course, and as a result, I can work much more effectively with guide dogs.
In 2011, I succesfully finished an OKJ-course, and became a certified dog trainer.
In 2012 we launched Rescue dog training in cooperation with Borsod Dogsport dog school we launched a course on training rescue dogs in Miskolc.
(Mézes 2014, Jampi 2013, Frida 2013, Demi 2013, Miksa 2012, Mandula 2009)
My service dog:
- Diamond: Born in February 2012, she is a female labrador retriever with working dog ancestors. On our events, she gladly demonstrates for adults and children how a guide dog works. In addition, she also takes part in the rescue dog training.
Mária Kovács Nyíriné
Ever since my childhood I have a very strong bond with dogs: I brought home all the stray dogs from around our neighborhood. My parents had to accept that I needed a dog of my own, so I got my first dog at the age of 8. He was a caucasian mix. I started training guide dogs back in 1992 at the Dog School of Csepel, where my first dog was a lovely female labrador. One meets such a well behaved dog on rare occasions, she even helped progressing the training. I was working for the Dog School of Csepel for 6 years where I trained several dogs. I gained a lot of experience in training dogs and learnt about the needs of blind people which helped me a lot through my work. I was on maternity leave until 2007 but as I was missing dogs so much, I joined a foundation in 2008, which went bankrupt in 2010. After this I got in touch with the Baráthegy Guide Dog School Foundation which gave me the opportunity to continue training dogs that was already a very significant part of my life. I hope that our well trained dogs will help many blind people in using any ways of transportation.
(Gordon 2017, Gandhi 2017, Felhő 2016, Gesztenye 2016,Gamma 2016, Fülöp 2016, Fidzsi 2016, Bonca 2015, Bözsi 2015, Fahéj 2015,Elvis 2014, Tex 2014, Maya 2014, Kira 2014, Cassie 2013, Vacak 2013, Andy 2013, Mézi 2012, Dani 2012, Jerry 2012, Frodó 2011, Sodó 2011, Mázli 2010)
Katalin Viszokai Lékáné
I am a graphic designer and photographer. However, I swapped my professions with my hobby. First I started training rescue dogs. Thanks to a special course, I learnt a lot about what is it like to use a white stick as a guiding tool. Nowadays my profession is training guide dogs and giving them to blind people. In 2011 I became a certified dog trainer. In 2012, along with Borsod Dogsport dog school we launched a course on training rescue dogs in Miskolc.
(Google 2017, Gerbeaud 2016, Bodza 2015, Ebu 2014, Locum 2014, Cody 2010)
I graduated with a degree in Environment Research at the University of Debrecen. For many years I was working at the town hall as an environmental administration agent. I constantly had a feeling that something was missing from my life but it took some time to realize what it actually was: dogs and to help people in need. And then I knew it! In 2009 I got in touch with a foundation that specialized in training guide dogs and since 2010 this has been my profession. Unfortunately the foundation went bankrupt but with my colleague, we were not that kind of people who give up on something. So after a few tries, we found the Baráthegy Guide Dog School Foundation, a foundation which had the –for us very important goals, moral and ideological norms. In 2011 I became a certified dog trainer. I hope to be part of this team for as long as possible and help people in need to make their lives easier.
(Frutti 2016, Tesla 2016, Nelson 2016, Gina 2015, Bogi 2015, Oti 2014, Emi 2014, Morisz 2014, Dana 2014, Nico 2013, Szeder 2013, Rusty 2012, Trevor 2012, Tami 2012, Ében 2012, Dennis 2011)
Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved dogs; I’ve admired their loyalty and character. I was a small child, when I got a wonderful book from my mother, Emma and me, written by Sheila Hocken, which shows incredibly vividly the unselfish and loving relationship between a guide dog and a visually impaired owner. The gripping story captivated me so much that anybody asked me afterwards what I’d like to be when I grow up, I said guide dog trainer. And so I am! After graduation, I acquired a patrol dog trainer and a habilitation dog trainer qualification. I was so lucky that after the school I was admitted to the Guide Dog School of the Hungarian Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted, where I worked as a guide dog trainer for 12 years. This year, however, I reached a turning point in my life and I had to change, but I did not want to give up my profession. Baráthegyi Guide Dog School provided me with an opportunity that joining their team I can continue to work with these wonderful dogs, further expand my professional knowledge and help visually impaired people to give back their independence.
Like many other kids I also wanted to be a vet when I was a child. In the end, I became an animal husbandry engineer. I worked in the Veterinary Hospital in Eger and in an animal shelter in Miskolc, but Í found my real vocation here in the Baráthegyi Guide Dog School. I’m a dog training assistant: I train calm and proper behavior for dogs in the early phase of their training. I spend the entire day with them: we walk a lot in order that the dogs learn about the traffic in the city, how to travel with different means of public transportation, and meet many different kinds of people. The puppies I train can also learn as future guide dogs how to ignore cats, pigeons and other barking dogs. I know I do my job well if the dogs’ behavior is impeccable when they get to their trainer and start their special guide dog training.
(Brendon 2017, Fecske 2016)
Emese Barkóczi Királyné
I graduated in 2011 as a physiotherapist and even back then I dealt with movement development with dogs. Then I completed a habilitation dog trainer qualification and for four and a half years I worked in the children’s rehabilitation department of a county hospital, where I developed children with my own therapy dog. I consider it to be my profession to help others, so I was pleased to join the foundation to make the life of the visually impaired better by training guide dogs.
My service dog:
- Bóbita: a black female Labrador born in 2014. She went to resident nurseries, hospitals and schools to develop children as a candidate therapy dog. With her sweet and pliant nature, she brings a smile to everyone’s face. She likes people and is happy to work with anyone at any time: in programs aimed to combat exclusionary attitudes one can always count on her, either she is with my colleagues or with me.
My love for dogs started in my childhood, just like it happened to many of us. Since then I have been very enthusiastic both in training dogs and learning about this topic as much as possible. I spend all of my time with training dogs, while I work for the foundation With Dogs for Life and School of Rescue Dogs in Jászberény as well, besides I run a small business. Since 1979 I have been training search and work dogs and since 1993, rescue dogs as well. I have stories about what I have achieved and what I have failed in, nevertheless there’s enough challenge for me as well. I solve problems, set goals for myself that follow me each and every day. I undertoook an important task in the team with dogs of HUNOR Rescue Organization. The real achievement is when we find lost people here or abroad. Our new project is about seeking opportunities in training diabetes alert dogs. I learnt about training guide dogs –which is full of challanges- when the Baráthegy Guide Dog School Foundation asked me to join them. It takes a lot of work and also joy to give a blind person’s freedom back with a well trained dog that watches every step of his: this is what we call real success.
(Jampi 2013, Lili 2009, Blinki 2008)
Since my childhood dogs have been everything to me. I started training dogs back in 1994 but just as a hobby. My life took a 180 degree turn in 1998, when I read an advertisement in the newspaper Eastern-Hungary that the Nyíregyháza Civil Defense was recruiting people specialized in training rescue dogs. This is how my carreer with rescue dogs began which later became one of the most important part in my life. In 2001 I was one of the founders of the Organisation of Rescue Dogs in Nyíregyháza. In 2004 I started volunteering as a dog handler at the With Dogs for Life Foundation and at Baráthegy Guide Dog School Foundation in 2009. Over the years I had been trying to learn as much as possible and many dogs that I had trained, are now certified assistance dogs. My first daughter was born in 2008 and the second one in 2010, thus, I could not spend as much time with dogs as before. In May 2009, one of my trained dogs became a certified guide dog and has been assisting his blind master since then. Besides I achieved my goals with rescue dogs set for that period. For me, training dogs is an extra super profession as we can help people in need to make their lives easier with a rescue dog or guide dog…
Vera Demján Dobainé
(Ebu 2014, Kenobi 2014, Szilaj 2014, Leo 2013, Maximus 2012, Dömper 2011, Argó 2010, Huba 2009, Fidó 2009, Lora 2008)
Edit Mályi Juhászné
(Henna 2011, Oszkár 2011, Strimmel 2010)
(Suzy 2009, Miru 2009, Bogi 2008, Amál 2006)