Guide Dogs for the Blind

Once the grown dogs return to our campuses from their puppy raising homes, they are ready to understand the tools of the trade. They discover just how to become not just well-behaved, meticulously socialized dogs, but professionals!

Now, they are planning to attempt the career which is why they've been preparing. For 2 to 3 months the dogs are taught by our professional guide dog mobility instructors to safely guide someone through the complexities of pedestrian travel. Our Guide Dog Training Program maximizes the usage of positive reinforcement methods, including science-based Clicker training.

Unique Abilities of Guide Dogs

Our dogs are smart—very smart! Along with learning just how to lead an individual safely around obstacles, guide dogs will also be been trained in "intelligence disobedience": if they're given an unsafe cue from their handler, they are taught to disobey it (for example: refusing to step out into the road when there is oncoming traffic). Guide dogs will also be trained to have impeccable manners (for those times they visit places of public accommodation, such as for example restaurants, grocery stores and public transportation), and are capable of avoiding distractions (such as cats!). In addition, all guide dogs possess an eagerness to please and a willingness to work. They choose their profession!

Guide dogs take their cues and direction from their human partners; it's up to the person to determine the routes they take and if it's safe to cross a street. Through repetition, they may remember a routine course, but it's the handler's job to learn where they are at all times.