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Guide Dog Experience Day

A hands-on exploration and introduction for people interested in the guide dog lifestyle.

Are you interested in learning if a guide dog is right for you? Consider attending a Guide Dog Experience Day at either our California or Oregon campus. This free, half-day event gives attendees self-assessment tools to make an informed choice about the guide dog lifestyle.

A person walks with a guide dog with the assistance of a guide dog mobility instructor. A person walks with a guide dog with the assistance of a guide dog mobility instructor.

Topics and Experiences

  • Cane or canine? Explore the differences between long cane and guide dog travel.
  • Experience traveling a short route with a trained guide dog.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of our campus.
  • Get a first-paw perspective about Guide Dogs for the Blind’s program options, follow-up services, and lived experience from a seasoned guide dog team.
  • Learn about Guide Dogs for the Blind’s admissions process.
  • “Paws” for lunch with a meal provided by GDB.

Important Considerations and Requirements

  • Reservations are required at least a week in advance to attend a Guide Dog Experience Day.
  • These events are presented in a group setting in an adult learning format and are recommended for ages 14 and older. All attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, teacher, or social service professional.
  • The Guide Dog Experience Day is intended for people who are blind or visually impaired, their family members, and blindness professionals.

Guide Dog Experience Day Locations, Dates, and Reservations

Guide Dog Experience Day sessions are held on Guide Dogs for the Blind’s campuses in San Rafael, CA and Boring, OR.

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