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Guide Dog Lifestyle Workshops

For people considering a guide dog.

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

The Workshop Topics and Experiences

  • Cane or canine: 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 the 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 the Guide Dog Lifestyle Workshop.
  • Proof of COVID19 vaccination is required to attend this event. A member of staff will describe this procedure when we receive your RSVP.
  • If COVID19 vaccination is not possible, consider attending our virtual outreach event called The Path to a Guide Dog E-Series. Event-specific information can be found here
  • Guide Dog Lifestyle Workshops are presented in a group setting in an adult learning format and are recommended for ages 14 and older.
  • These events are designed for people who are blind or visually impaired, their family members, and blindness professionals.

Workshop Dates, Locations, and Reservations

Guide Dog Lifestyle Workshops are held on GDB’s California and Oregon campuses in San Rafael, CA and Boring, OR.

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