Guiding Eyes for the Blind works to enrich the lives of the blind and visually impaired by providing them with superbly bred and expertly trained guide dogs. Guiding Eyes breeds, raises, and trains guide dogs and trains students to work with guide dogs that have been carefully selected to match their individual needs. Our training programs and life-long follow-up support are completely free of charge and are made possible through the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations.
A Puppy Raiser takes a puppy into his or her home and teaches basic obedience and house manners and socializes the pup to everything the world has to offer. Once the puppy is old enough, he or she is assessed for entry into our school and begins the formal training to become a guide dog. Puppy raising is a volunteer position and raisers are required to attend weekly puppy classes. At the end of the 14 to 16 months, the dog returns to Guiding Eyes for formal training with a professional guide dog instructor.