The application process, which normally takes 30 to 60 days, consists of a written application with sections for character references and medical information. A short video demonstrating the applicant’s independent travel skills within their home area is also required. Assignment to a class will typically be within one to two months of acceptance into the program.
If you are denied training, you will receive a written explanation of the reason(s) for denial. In most cases, an applicant is denied because they have not met a basic requirement or due to advice from a medical professional or counselor. Leader Dog will not approve an applicant when training is not in his or her best interest.
Application and Required Forms
To download our application and required forms, please visit Applying to Our Programs.
Please provide as much detailed information as possible in your application. Information about orientation and mobility should include the instructor, organization, address and the year that you received training.
All applicants are required to provide references. These should be individuals you know well – but please avoid listing immediate family members. The best references are people who have worked with you in a professional setting, such as a co-worker or instructor.
The download-to-print application includes a section marked “For Office Use Only.” This section is for the Lions Clubs and other sponsor or individuals assisting you with your application.
The application must be signed and dated by you and witnessed by one person.
Consent to Release Information Form:
The Consent to Release Information form allows Leader Dog to contact people and organizations listed on your application. All information is held in confidence – it is not distributed outside of our organization.
The Release Form also allows us to disseminate information to other professionals on a “need to know” basis. For example, it allows us to supply a doctor’s office or hospital with your medical information if you are accepted for training at Leader Dog and need to see a doctor while you are here.
Medical and Eye Care Forms:
The Medical and Eye Care forms should be completed by your family physician and eye care professional, respectively.
If you have health concerns that could complicate training, please make sure these concerns are stated clearly by your physician. Training, especially for the Guide Dog program, is demanding and requires several hours of walking and working with a dog each day.