What is a Guide Dog team?
A Guide Dog team consists of a dog and a person. The dog has been specially trained to assist a person who is blind with mobility. The dog is trained to lead, obey commands, avoid distractions, and disobey a command if it would put the team in danger. The person is responsible for directing the dog by keeping a mental map, being the leader of the team and providing care and praise. Through teamwork and companionship, they share a bond of trust and love.
What does GDB mean by "lifelong promise"?
One of the unique features of our program is a lifetime promise of support. Not only does Guide Dogs for the Blind create the best partnerships, we are also there to offer support throughout the life of a Guide Dog team, free-of-charge. And, as we know, our furry friends don't live as long as we do. Someone who is blind may be paired with many Guide Dogs throughout their lives; GDB is there to assist through these transitions.