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A trio of Guide Dogs for the Blind program dogs: a black Lab K9 Buddy, a Golden guide dog, and a black Lab guide dog puppy.

Dog Departments

Explore the teams that support our industry-leading dog departments and programs.

From breeding to veterinary care and everything in between, each of Guide Dogs for the Blind's dog-related departments or programs are led by the expertise of our staff and supported by passionate volunteers and generous donors. Combined, these teams work together to compose one of the most comprehensive networks of guide dog breeding, rearing, training, and support in the world. 

And we're always getting better: employing new methods and finding innovative ways to ensure all of our dogs have the care, socialization, and training to excel and live well throughout their entire lives.

A black Lab mama dog with her litter of puppies.

Learn about Guide Dogs for the Blind's breeding program.

A woman holds a Golden Retriever puppy.

Read about our top-notch care and pampering for our dogs and pups.

Canine Welfare
A trio of women holding puppies.

Discover how our puppies get off to a great start in this world.

Puppy Socialization
A volunteer puppy raiser gets a smooch from a yellow Lab puppy.

Explore Guide Dogs for the Blind's volunteer puppy raising program.

Puppy Raising Volunteers
A guide dog mobility instructor works with a black Lab to go around an obstacle in their path.

Learn about what goes into training a dog to become a guide dog.

Guide Dog Training
A veterinarian and a veterinary technician in an exam room with a yellow Lab.

Get information about GDB's comprehensive veterinary care.

Veterinary Services

What about the dogs that don't become GDB breeder dogs, guide dogs, or K9 Buddies? Learn about our career change dogs that go on to other jobs with our partner service dog organizations, or are available for adoption.