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Is Orientation & Mobility Training Right for Me?

Orientation and mobility, or O&M, is a series of skills that allows a person to travel independently through a constantly changing world. Environments and vehicles are constantly changing, so the skills required to travel independently and safely are also changing. ...
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When You Meet a Leader Dog

Leader Dogs provide independent travel for thousands of people around the world. Whether you know someone who works with a Leader Dog or just want to know how to react when you encounter one, you can help Leader Dogs and ...
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How Do I Become a Leader Dog Instructor?

At Leader Dog, this is one of most commonly asked questions we hear. Qualified candidates are hired in as apprentice instructors when we have openings, unless you have already been certified as a guide dog mobility instructor (GDMI). Generally, the ...
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Dr. Smith is seated in front of an exam table with a sedated black lab laying on top. Across from his is Dr. Wilson, standing and maneuvering some equipment near the dog's face. Two women work at a counter nearby, one on a computer

Living and Learning at Leader Dog

Dear Patterson Foundation, My name is Rebecca Coyle and I am a veterinary student from the University of Missouri. I recently spent two weeks at the Leader Dogs for the Blind campus and I had an absolutely amazing experience which ...
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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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An adolescent yellow lab and golden retriever cross lies outside on a large, flat rock. He is tilting his head at the camera and wearing his Future Leader Dog bandanna

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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Bob Klein, Volunteer

Bob Klein was born and raised in the greater Chicago area. He started his professional career working in sales at Ford, which eventually led him to relocate to the Detroit area. After retiring from Ford Motor Company at 65, Bob ...
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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

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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