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"GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND - SENIORS" PROGRAM

WHATIntensive training for blind or visually impaired seniors on how to incorporate a service guide dog into their lives.
WHYTo encourage the blind who have now aged or those who have lost their sight recently, to consider the guide dog lifestyle. To teach blind seniors who previously did not have the confidence or skills to increase mobility.
WHEREGuide Dogs for the Blind.
Training campuses located in San Rafael California & Boring, Oregon.


Program Description

The "Guide Dogs for the Blind Seniors" Program covers all services free of charge including:

-Transportation to and from the Guide Dogs for the Blind campus
-Room and board
-Dog equipment
-A Guide Dog


After an initial application, an interview and in home visit by representatives from "Guide Dogs for the Blind" is scheduled. An assessment of the senior's environment and observations of mobility style and common travel routes are taken.

Home, work and social needs important to the senior are discussed as well as what type of dog would be the best match.

To qualify for the "Guide Dogs for the Blind Seniors" Program, seniors should be independent travelers and be able to provide a guide dog with meaningful routes and destinations.

The "Guide Dogs for the Blind Seniors" Program has two class training programs available to seniors, in either a 2-week or a 3-week program.

Training covers:

-Learning cues, gestures and footwork needed to direct a Guide Dog - The dog has already been trained to respond to these cues
-Seniors and other classmates will meet to learn the daily routine of their dog such as feeding, relieving and grooming, obedience exercises, and critical skills in maintaining control and leadership of their dog

Mobility Training takes place with instructors, seniors and their Guide Dogs on rural roads, metropolitan areas, through obstacle courses, in crowds of pedestrians, across busy streets, and on stairways, platforms and public transportation.

It is important to note that individuals must be able to care for a Guide Dog, know directions to their destinations, and maintain the Guide Dog's health and training.
source:guidedogs.com,afb.org

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