Guide Dog Foundation

Our Programs

Program Overview

The hallmark of the Guide Dog Foundation is its meticulous matching program to ensure that each applicant is teamed with the guide dog that best suits that person’s personality, lifestyle, and physical needs. The accredited 12-day guide dog training program offers a 2:1 student/instructor ratio and focuses on incorporating a blend of customized training formats to meet the specific lifestyles and needs of students while maximizing the training time in class for students and their dogs as they prepare for real-world situations. Students in class will also participate in lectures on grooming and care for their dog, obedience practice, accessibility awareness and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and guide dog etiquette for non-guide dog users.

Guide dogs training on a train platform

Upon completion of training, the newly created human and guide dog team returns home to start their new life together. They will have begun to master all of the techniques they need to be successful—from finding the checkout counter at a store, to maneuvering through a crowded train station, to passing through a revolving door. The team can travel confidently and independently on suburban routes or city streets, during the day or at night, alone or in rush hour.

Together, the working team is a partnership for independence.

Guide dog training obstacle course

To make our students’ stay as comfortable as possible, the Residence Hall features single rooms with private baths and individual climate control; all rooms have private telephone lines, and wireless internet hook-ups. The student union features a spacious dining room, a snack area/lounge, smokers' room, living room, recreation room, fitness center, computer lab (with adaptive technology for student use), and an outdoor patio.

Click here to download "Is a Guide Dog Right for me?" brochure. 

Click here for an overview of the application process. 

Click here to begin the application request process.