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Guide Dog Lifestyle Workshops

Deciding to use a guide dog for the blind is indeed a lifestyle change.  Guide Dogs for the Blind has announced their 2012 schedule of guide dog lifestyle workshops.  These Thursday sessions from 9am-2pm will introduce you to the unique benefits and responsibilities of having a guide dog.  The 2012 dates are February 23, April 26, July 19, and October.  All sessions will be held in San Rafael, CA.

Guide Dog Lifestyle Workshops

Workshops for Persons Considering a Guide Dog
Have you been intrigued by the idea of working with a Guide Dog for mobility? Do you get around fine using a white cane and wonder if and how a partnership with a Guide Dog can enhance your life? Maybe you know someone who has a Guide Dog, but you are not sure if a Guide Dog is right for you. Have you wondered what the expectations and responsibilities of living with a Guide Dog might mean for your lifestyle?

If so, then this workshop is for you!

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to the unique benefits and responsibilities of working and living with a Guide Dog. You will gain information through discussion and hands-on experiences. You will leave with the ability to make an informed decision as to whether or not a Guide Dog is a viable choice for you.

You’ll experience:

  • Instruction in dog care, maintenance, and basic dog obedience
  • Simulated Guide Dog walks
  • Navigating routes using real Guide Dogs

In order to get the most out of this workshop you should have had some instruction in basic Orientation & Mobility (O&M), and have an interest in learning more about the Guide Dog option. There is no charge for the workshop and lunch is provided.

To close the day, you’ll participate in a wrap-up session where you will be invited to share your experiences and offer feedback. This information will help us to continue to improve the seminar in the future.

GDB’s 2012 workshops will take place from 9am to 2pm on its San Rafael, California campus:

  • Thursday, February 23
  • Thursday, April 26
  • Thursday, July 19
  • Thursday, October 11

Class size is limited to 12 participants. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Jeanine Kitahata, Outreach Coordinator, at 415-492-4199 or at [email protected]

Many organizations across the country are dedicated to training guide dogs that help people with various conditions navigate the world more easily.  To decide if such a collaboration is right for you, Dogington Post highly recommends you thoroughly evaluate your options, including participation in guide dog lifestyle workshops offered by these groups.  Do you have a guide dog?  How did you decide to make this lifestyle change?

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