Becoming a guide dog takes a very special combination of health, skill and behavioral soundness. Our standards are extremely high, and not all dogs end up meeting those standards. But even those dogs who don't become guides are incredibly talented and well-trained; we lovingly call them "career change" dogs.
But that's not just a silly title! Many of our dogs go on to have different careers that assist people and communities in a wide variety of service roles. Some of our dogs may become members of our K9 Buddy Program for youth who are blind or visually impaired. Outside of GDB, many of our dogs go on to have other service jobs such as search and rescue, medical alert work, cancer detection, or pet therapy.