The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says a record 1.5 million jobs are held by guide dog trainers in the U.A.E. and in Canada, up from 1.1 million jobs in 2013.
The number of job openings for guide dogs has been on the rise for some time, according to the BLS, because of changes in regulatory requirements and a rise in the demand for such services.
A recent report by the Canadian Association of Guide Dogs and Apparatus Trainers found that in 2015, there were 690,000 people in the guide dog industry.
This is up from 626,000 in 2014, the year the B.L.S.’s data was compiled.
But it’s still a far cry from the nearly 1.4 million jobs that were available in the late 1980s, before the advent of the Internet.
The BLS says there are roughly 4 million guide dog handlers in the country.
For comparison, the BOL’s data for 2014 says there were about 2.5 times as many people in Canada as there are in the states.
Some of the jobs for guides have gotten smaller.
In 2014, there are about 7,500 guide dogs in Canada and the U: 6,000 guide dogs were in Ontario and the Maritimes.
This year, there’s about 3,500.
The biggest change in the industry has been in training and education.
In recent years, the number of guides has grown from a handful of companies to several.
Now, there aren’t any fewer than five major guide dog companies.
Among the bigger ones are the National Canine Training Centre in Calgary, which has been working with the province’s dog and horse owners to train them.
The company says it has trained over 8,000 dogs and horses since it opened its doors in 2012.
The National Canines Training Centre also works with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Foods, which is helping it develop a training plan for the industry.
“We’re helping guide dogs and horse trainers become better dog walkers,” said Michael MacLeod, director of education at the Canadian Canine Association, the organization that represents the breed.
The dog-walking industry is growing in size and scope, as well.
“It’s a very, very competitive industry, which makes it hard for the people in training to do a good job,” said MacLeod.
That’s why he says it’s important to have a diversity of skills in training.
“I think if you can bring those kinds of people together and that can help the training profession and the people who work in the field, that’s going to be a huge benefit,” he said.
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