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Proud to be a Volunteer

By Carol Dash I have found that whenever you open your heart to opportunities at Leader Dogs for the Blind, good things happen. That’s exactly what happened to me when I became a volunteer client guide two years ago. As ...
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Beverly Kramer, Puppy Raiser

Beverly Kramer has been raising Leader Dogs for 20 years. In 1998, she attended an annual dinner at her local Chamber of Commerce, and the keynote speaker was a woman who is blind and her Leader Dog. "It was amazing ...
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Tips for Nice Leash Walking

Leader Dog's Director of Programs, David Locklin, offers simple tips on how to teach your dog to walk nicely on a leash. Heel Position Make sure your dog is in the optimum position to walk on a loose leash (leash ...
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One-of-a-Kind Training

For years, Leader Dogs for the Blind had to turn down requests for guide dogs because the applicants did not have adequate orientation and mobility (O&M) skills. In many cases, O&M training was not available in the areas where people ...
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Gui Douyon and Leader Dog Emma sitting on the grass.

Gui Douyon and Leader Dog Emma

During his sophomore year of college, GuiAlix decided it was time to apply for a Leader Dog. He first needed to strengthen his orientation and mobility skills, so he flew to Michigan for our week-long, accelerated white cane travel training. ...
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Bob Justin and Leader Dog Lego

Bob Justin is the kind of guy you want to be your next-door neighbor. He’s not afraid to laugh at himself or his situation; in fact, he’s not afraid of much these days. "I don't really have a comfort zone," ...
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“Amazing Experience”

My son, Brock Ewing, attended your summer camp and he enjoyed it to the fullest! I was so pleased by your staff, activities planned, and how clean and nice the campus was. The staff was so caring and sweet—I could ...
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Summer Experience Camp, an Instructor’s Perspective

By Leslie Hoskins, COMS EXHAUSTING! If I had to describe Summer Experience Camp in just one word, it would be “exhausting.” However, it’s more than that—it’s meaningful, impactful and a great experience for campers and instructors. As instructors, camp allows ...
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No Limits

Ashley, center, at camp in 2016 Two days after her 16th birthday, Ashley Eisenmenger came to Leader Dog for the first time for Summer Experience Camp. What followed was a week of new experiences that changed her life. “I rode ...
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The new face of leader dog

The New Face of Leader Dog

We are proud to introduce the new logo, font and colors of Leader Dogs for the Blind. We’ve updated our style to better represent who we are, what we do and the people we serve. This revised style will help ...
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