Guide Dog Training
Since 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind has operated one of the world’s most respected and innovative guide dog programs. Our free training program welcomes clients who are legally blind, at least 16 years old, have good orientation and mobility skills and are able to care for a dog.
Training is personalized for each client. Thanks to sophisticated breeding, puppy raising and dog training programs, we are able to match clients with a dog that best fits their lifestyle, travel pace, physical size, stamina and other considerations. Clients have the opportunity to train with their guide dog in a wide variety of situations to fit current and future needs, including urban, suburban and rural locations; college campuses; busy stores and malls; public transit and other environments.
Guide Dog Training at Leader Dog is available for people who are:
- Legally blind
- At least 16 years old
- Able to care for a dog
- Efficient with orientation and mobility skills
We offer our Guide Dog Training program in a variety of formats: on-campus training (our most popular option), in-home delivery, flex training, urban training, warm weather training, and training specifically for individuals who are Deaf-Blind. Learn more about our Guide Dog Training options.
Is a Leader Dog Right for Me?
In this webinar, members of our training team give insight into working with a cane vs. a guide dog, discuss admission standards for our training programs, and cover the application process, among other topics. ... Read More
During his sophomore year of college, GuiAlix Douyon decided it was time to apply for a Leader Dog. “[Leader Dog] Emma has changed every aspect of my life,” Gui says. “She looks out for me and I don’t ever have to worry about my blind spots.” ... Read More
Before I got [Leader Dog] Tulip, when I walked in my neighborhood, I walked the same path. I could tell you where the manhole covers were, where the dips were in the pavement, where the drains were and if there were potholes. These are things that a sighted person never thinks twice about ... Read More