Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB)

Guide Dog

Labs, German Shepherds

Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB)

New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Colorado, New Jersey

Current Locations

Must live within one hour of a regional puppy class

Restrictions

Org provides:

  • Vet Costs

  • Preventatives

  • Crate

  • Puppy Collar

  • Treat Pouch

  • Backpack

  • A few toys

  • Starter bag of food

  • Any Training Tools


Raisers pay for:

  • Food

  • Toys

  • Adult Collar

  • Leashes

Supplies & Financial 

Assistance

Basic Skills:

Basic obedience commands, Socialization, Potty training, Public access behavior


Advanced Cues:

Commands near distractions, Self-control around distractions, Socialization

Training Responsibilities

  • Online application

  • Pre-Placement Class (6-8 hours)

Process

  • 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

Time Commitment

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. 

Matriculation

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. 

Graduation

  • 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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