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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 campuses! This free, half-day event gives attendees self-assessment tools to make an informed choice about the guide dog lifestyle.

Topics and Experiences

  • Cane or canine? Explore the differences between long cane and guide dog travel.
  • Where’s the dog door? Connecting with GDB’s services and the admissions path.
  • Wanna go for a walk? Experience traveling a short campus route with a trained guide dog.
  • See GDB in action: Get a walking tour of our campus.
  • Unleash your interest in the guide dog lifestyle: Get a first-paw perspective about client training options, follow-up services, and lived experience from a seasoned guide dog team.
  • “Paws” for lunch: Meal provided by GDB.

Important Considerations and Requirements

  • Reservations at least a week in advance are required 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.
  • 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 GDB’s California and Oregon campuses in San Rafael, CA and Boring, OR.

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