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Workshops for Persons Considering a Guide Dog

Instructor shows a young man what it's like to work with a GuideHave you been intrigued by the idea of working with a Guide Dog for mobility? Do you get around fine using a white cane and wonder if and how a partnership with a Guide Dog can enhance your life? Maybe you know someone who has a Guide Dog, but you are not sure if a Guide Dog is right for you. Have you wondered what the expectations and responsibilities of living with a Guide Dog might mean for your lifestyle?

If so, then this workshop is for you!

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to the unique benefits and responsibilities of working and living with a Guide Dog. You will gain information through discussion and hands-on experiences. You will leave with the ability to make an informed decision as to whether or not a Guide Dog is a viable choice for you.

You will learn:

  • The differences between using a long white cane or a Guide Dog for mobility
  • GDB’s requirements for training with a Guide Dog
  • Why strong Orientation & Mobility skills are vital to being successful with a Guide Dog
  • What the training process entails

You will experience:

  • A simulated walk with a Guide Dog
  • Navigating a route with a real Guide Dog in harness

In order to get the most out of this workshop you should have had some instruction in basic Orientation & Mobility (O&M), and have an interest in learning more about the Guide Dog lifestyle.

To close the day, you'll participate in a wrap-up session where you will be invited to share your experiences and offer feedback. This information will help us to continue to improve the seminar in the future.

GDB's 2016 workshops will take place from 9am to 2pm on its San Rafael, California campus on:

  • February 18th
  • April 21st
  • July 28th
  • October 13th
  • December 1st

Workshops are FREE and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Jane Flower, Outreach Manager, at 800-295-4050 (ext. 4176) or at