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, up to 25-day residential 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.
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
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
Living with No Fear
As Bob’s partner, Leader Dog Lego helps Bob maintain his can-do attitude and they keep each other safe. “I don’t fear anything or anyone putting the two of us in harm’s way. He protects and trusts me and I do the same for him,” Bob says. ... Read More