Guide Dogs of America has three main programs:
Guide Dogs of America has chosen to have a breeding program to ensure a consistent production of dogs with the desirable traits to produce successful guide dogs. The majority of our dogs are from our own selectively bred breeding stock that are in excellent health and have the temperament and willingness to work. A percentage of our dogs come from other guide or service dog schools, approved breeders, and a service dog co-op breeder program.
Labrador Retrievers have proven to be the most successful breed for Guide Dogs of America but our dogs also include Labrador/Golden Retriever crosses, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherd dogs. A variation of breeds helps to fill the many needs of our clients.
The breeding dogs in our program live as well-loved family pets in volunteer foster homes. The dogs and their puppies are cared for by our qualified nursery staff, our great Veterinary team, and our dedicated volunteers.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer foster family for one of our Breeding dogs, please contact the Breeding department at (818) 833-6461.
Our puppies are placed with volunteer Puppy Raisers to learn basic obedience, to be socialized, and to receive lots of love. Puppies remain in these foster homes until they are about 18 months old and are called In-For-Training.
Training: Our instructors provide the guide dog training and match the dogs with their new guide dog partner.
Admissions: Qualified blind and visually impaired applicants go through a thorough and careful evaluation in the admission process when applying to receive a guide dog.
Graduate Services: After our graduates leave our class with their new dog guide partner, they continue to receive follow-up care and support through Graduate Services.