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Olivia sitting on top of a rocky hill in a tank top and shorts with water and trees visible in the distance behind. She is crouching and hugging an Australian cattle dog sitting next to her.

Volunteering at Leader Dog

I started volunteering with Leader Dogs for the Blind in fall of 2022. As an Oakland County native, I surprisingly didn’t know about Leader Dog growing up. My first exposure was a few years ago when I was living in ...
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National Volunteer Week at Leader Dog

National Volunteer Week was established by Presidential Proclamation in 1974 to bring focus to the millions of individuals who freely give their time and talents to better their community. Later, the week of appreciation was expanded to include the entire ...
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Choosing a White Cane

My name is Brad Welling, and I am one of the certified orientation and mobility specialists (COMS) here at Leader Dog. I’m originally from the Kalamazoo area in Michigan where I attended Western Michigan University. I graduated from WMU with ...
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On the Road with Barry: Arizona

The home delivery option for orientation and mobility is a new one at Leader Dog since June 2022. It’s an option we’ve always thought would be a good idea with our clients, either serving directly in their homes at the ...
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Guide Dog Myths and Truths

Today, we’re going to talk about guide dogs—those amazing four-legged companions who help people with visual impairments get around. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there about these incredible dogs, so we’re going to sort through the ...
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Six people, two women and four men, stand on a gravel road, smiling at the camera. Three people hold white canes.

What is Orientation and Mobility?

You may not have heard of “orientation and mobility” or “O&M” before, but you’re probably familiar with the concept of someone who’s blind traveling with a white cane. Orientation and mobility (O&M) is how we refer to the training people ...
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Keith, wearing sunglasses, khaki shorts and a blue Leader Dog polo, sits smiling next to a woman in sunglasses and a flowery top. The woman has her mouth in a wide open smile as if laughing. A yellow lab in harness sits near their feet looking at them.

Thank You, Keith McGregor

It's not hard to find passionate, dedicated team members at Leader Dog, and Keith McGregor was a perfect example. After 41 years with Leader Dog, we said "happy retirement" to Keith. Keith started with Leader Dog back in 1981 as ...
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Meeting My Match: A Leader Dog Diary

By Joey J., Guide Dog Client Day 1 My humble abode. The door heads out to the courtyard. If anyone is interested and wants to see my daily activities or training I am going to try and update every evening ...
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Ashley is wearing a Dorothy costume from the Wizard of Oz and smiling while she holds her pyrenean sheepdog, Gryf

How to Have a Spooky Safe Dog Halloween

By Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Ashley Nunnelly Spooky season is upon us! Here are a few tips to make your dog’s Halloween mostly full of treats (of the dog-safe variety) and fewer tricks! Keep the human treats far away from ...
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A smiling girl walking with a white cane on a sidewalk surrounded by fall leaves. With her are two adult women.

Cane Quest at Leader Dog

White Cane Safety Day is celebrated every year on October 15! This day celebrates the white cane as an essential tool that gives individuals who are blind or visually impaired a life full of independence. The white cane provides people ...
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Meet the Class of 2023

This year, our supporters have made it possible for a truly incredible class of Leader Dogs to graduate. 

Right now: You can help the class of 2024 graduate with a gift – our generous friends at the Gary Sinise Foundation have agreed to match your donation today, up to $100,000!