Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB)
Labs, German Shepherds
New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Colorado, New Jersey
Must live within one hour of a regional puppy class
A few toys
Starter bag of food
Any Training Tools
Raisers pay for:
Supplies & Financial
Basic obedience commands, Socialization, Potty training, Public access behavior
Commands near distractions, Self-control around distractions, Socialization
Pre-Placement Class (6-8 hours)
Weekly/biweekly puppy classes
Quarterly swap with another raiser for 1-2 weeks at a time
At least 3 Walk and Talks over the ~1 year
Puppy Raisers can either utilize a transport van or drop their dog off at HQ. Raisers can watch their puppy's In For Training Test. This test determines what path the dog will take. There is a dinner for raisers the night before this test.
Puppy Raisers get updates every 1.5 months when their dog is in formal training.
GEB has in-person graduations for dogs that graduate on campus and puppy raisers are invited. For home placements, GEB will set up a phone call between the graduate and the puppy raiser.
Graduates have the option of staying in touch with the raiser.
Puppies are tested right before going to puppy raisers and given a rating. This rating will then match the puppy to a puppy raiser’s lifestyle.
Guiding Eyes has a program for clients called “running guides” where they match clients with a guide dog that can guide them on exercise runs in their home environment.
GEB also has a specialized training program where dogs are trained to help with an additional disability rather than only guiding.
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