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Learning from Each Other at Leader Dog

Every team within Leader Dog has a specific function, and their work can get pretty specialized. Last fall, Leader Dog's puppy development team and the training team (the instructors and supervisors who work directly with our Leader Dogs and clients) ...
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Join the Leader Dog Challenge

It's International Guide Dog Day! In celebration of the support guide dogs give their human partners every day, we're inviting everyone to share who has helped you through a RUFF patch. It could be your Leader Dog, Future Leader Dog, ...
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Upgrading to the HumanWare Victor Reader Trek

Recently, we upgraded the GPS that we provide to U.S. and Canadian guide dog clients. We are now using HumanWare’s Victor Reader Trek. “The Victor Reader Trek combines the cutting-edge GPS technology of the Trekker Breeze with the innovative media ...
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How to Manage Puppy Biting

If you've ever spent time with a young puppy, you probably experienced the "shark teeth" phase. If you were frustrated with how often your puppy was biting, the good news is that it's perfectly normal for puppies under 5 months ...
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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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