A woman with a white cane walks down a sidewalk on a sunny day. There is an arch with a bar through the middle placed on the sidewalk in front of her. This is an obstacle for her to practice working around.

Orientation & Mobility Experience at Leader Dog

By Client Justin Whittington When writing my articles, I try to educate both the visually impaired and the sighted community. In this article, I will be going through my visit to the Leader Dog campus to answer any questions one ...
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Rod sits on a low wall outside near green grass. He is wearing a white polo with a vintage Leader Dog logo and smiling at the camera. A German shepherd in Leader Dog harness sits next to Rod on the ground.

Congratulations to Rod Haneline!

We are pleased to announce that Rod Haneline has been awarded the Sandy Kronick Distinguished Service Award by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) Orientation & Mobility Division. This illustrious recognition is not ...
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Ashley is standing at a curb on the sidewalk of a tree-lined street. She is smiling at the camera and walking with a yellow lab in Leader Dog harness.

Clicker Training Your Dog

By Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Ashley Nunnelly In this post, Ashley explains the why and how of clicker training, which is the positive reinforcement method that our guide dog mobility instructors use to work with Leader Dogs in training. If ...
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A yellow lab in leather Leader Dog harness sits on a sidewalk looking up at the camera. Its mouth is open as if smiling. The legs of the person standing behind and holding the dog's leash are visible.

You Can’t Legislate Respectful Behavior

By Client Joanne Lax We have plenty of laws in the United States protecting the rights of people with disabilities. The grand-daddy of them all is the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, which since 1990 guarantees disabled individuals employment opportunities ...
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Meet Client Joanne Lax

Greetings, fellow Leader Dog users and supporters. Let me introduce myself, since I am a new contributor to Leader Dog publications. My name is Joanne Lax. I lost my vision around 1980, when I was 27 years old. I had ...
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Ashley sitting in a chair with a light gray blanket over her legs. She is leaning over to give a pointy-eared merle dog a kiss

Dogs Don’t Speak English

By Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Ashley Nunnelly Wouldn’t it be nice if they did? If I found a magic lamp, one of my three wishes would be to be able to talk to my dogs. Even if it was for ...
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Photo shows the entrance to the canine center on Leader Dog's campus. There is a blue wall with Leader Dog's logo on a white plaque. Beneath in white lettering is our mission statement. There is a brown double chair on the floor.

Webinar: Leader Dog’s Application Process

In the fifth installment of our webinar series, team members outline the application process for Leader Dog programs. Learn about the pieces of the application prospective clients need to complete and how we use the information to fulfill services. View ...
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A Message from Leader Dogs for the Blind President & CEO and Board Chair

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” These are the compelling words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. more than 50 years ago. Sadly, we are reminded again by the recent death of George Floyd and by similar ...
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Stage Left – Enter Leader Dog

By Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Ashley Nunnelly I never wanted to be a guide dog instructor. Seriously! That was never on my radar for a career choice. I always loved animals growing up—dogs and horses especially—and was the child that ...
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Cooperative Care – Training Your Dog the Low-Stress Way

People are spending much more time at home right now, and many have been looking for new activities and companionship. This has contributed to a surge in adoptions of shelter animals and the number of people fostering pets. If you ...
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