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Letters to Leader Dog

Sadona and I are doing well. She just “celebrated” her 6th birthday. Sadona’s work is great. We enjoy walking around our neighborhood and going places like church and shopping. My mom wanted me to thank you for matching me with ...
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Webinar: New Guide Dog Training Options and Summer Camp

In the second part of our webinar series, Leader Dog staff discussed our brand new, expanded options for Guide Dog Training as well as giving an overview of Summer Experience Camp. Leader Dogs for the Blind understands that every client ...
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Caring for Dogs on Campus

Once Future Leader Dogs are returned to our campus by their puppy raisers, most will live here for four months in the canine development center before graduating to working Leader Dogs. During that time, it's important that every dog stays ...
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Training Your Puppy to Sit

Leader Dog's Puppy Development Supervisor, Deb Donnelly, offers advice on how to teach your dog to sit. Sitting on command is a skill that all dogs should have because it is helpful in many situations, such as: Mealtime – Encourages ...
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Executive Leadership Training at Leader Dog

Dogs are teaching humans to be better bosses in this training program By Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press Meet Coco. She's a 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever raised in a prison — and she happens to be one of the ...
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Empty Fork Again

By Jeff Hawkins, Leader Dog Client Seriously, did it just happen again? How many times have I lifted a fork to my mouth... and it's empty. Seems like a million, but it's just one of the many challenges any blind ...
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Webinar: Is a Leader Dog the Right Mobility Tool for Me?

  We have held the first in a series of webinars that will provide answers to some of the questions we receive most often about the services we provide. Webinars will be held quarterly (January, April, July, October). Our first ...
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Becoming a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

By Ashley Nunnelly, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Before joining Leader Dog, I worked for three years in the puppy department at another guide dog organization, hoping to pay my dues and eventually be considered for an apprenticeship position. I never dreamed ...
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Congratulations to Melissa Weisse!

We are proud to announce that Leader Dog’s own Chief Philanthropy Officer, Melissa Weisse, has been named by Crain's Detroit Business as one of 2018 Notable Women in Nonprofits. The women highlighted were nominated by their peers for their outstanding ...
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Five Best Things About Hosting a Leader Dog Mom

By Emma Jo Haden, Breeding Stock Host As a little girl, I was fascinated by a guide dog donation statue that sat in the front of the store where my Nanna worked. It had a real leather harness, and I ...
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