A row of dogs stand on a floor that looks similar to a high school gym. They are looking up at the men standing beside them who are holding their leashes. The men are pictured from the waist down

Leaving Prison Behind – A Prison Puppies Perspective

By Puppy Raiser John There is a saying among prisoners, “everyone has their own bit to do.” Some are long, some shorter, but each one is long enough (or too long) for the person it was imposed on. My bit ...
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A New Direction: Dan Mancina

Dan Mancina was very active growing up, not letting a diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) at age 13 slow him down. Then in his 20s his diminishing vision led him to rely on others to guide him around and he ...
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Meet the Ambassador Dogs

Did you know Leader Dog has a dedicated group of canine representatives? We're often asked to bring dogs to events (here on campus and elsewhere), and one of the things we like to do with people who are getting to ...
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How Guide Dogs are Trained

When Future Leader Dogs are 12 to 15 months old, their volunteer puppy raisers return them to the Leader Dog campus to begin formal guide dog training. Puppy raisers have already worked with their Future Leader Dog on the fundamentals ...
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Raising a Future Leader Dog in School

By Puppy Raiser Becky Wynn I am a retired speech/language pathologist and raised my first two Future Leader Dog puppies while I was still working in the public schools in Southgate, MI. I traveled between several schools and worked with ...
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Webinar: You’re Going Where? GPS Training at Leader Dog

In the fourth installment of our webinar series, staff members discuss why we began offering free GPS devices and training to our clients over a decade ago. Learn about how GPS use benefits people using a cane or a guide ...
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Congratulations to the 2018–2019 Top Dog Lions Clubs!

Congratulations to our 2018–2019 Top Dog Lions clubs! These clubs made impactful donations to Leader Dog's mission this past fiscal year. Lions clubs donating $5,000+ to our annual fund qualify for this distinction—that's just over 1% of our supporting clubs. ...
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Looking Back on Hosting a Breeding Mom

By Gary Lewandowski On April 24, 2019, Leader Dog Mom “Trinket” officially became a “Retired Leader Dog Mom!” She gave the Leader Dog organization four great litters, all so very different but all just fantastic little individual Future Leader Dogs! ...
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Webinar: The Wonderful White Cane

Orientation & Mobility Training Options at Leader Dog Leader Dogs for the Blind understands the importance for someone who is blind or visually impaired to develop strong orientation & mobility (O&M) skills to increase their travel independence. Whether someone is ...
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Loving It Here for Twelve Years

I never knew how much Leader Dogs for the Blind would mean to me or how invested I would become when I began volunteering in August 2007. I started by coming in one day a week but I quickly realized ...
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