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Guiding Eyes For The Blind versus The Seeing Eye?

Has anyone had experience with either of these schools? If so, please share it along with any information that I might need to help me make a decision. Thank you in advance, I would appreciate any help you could give me.

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(Guiding Eyes field reps, cont'd)...and also in California (me) which I almost forgot to add. Instructors from our home base in New York are also available to be sent out.


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(Guiding Eyes continued) ..and also California (me) which I almost forgot to add.


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At Guiding Eyes, a graduate can apply for ownership after one year. Also, there is lifetime follow up.

Guiding Eyes has the most experienced field representative staff in the country, with an average of more than fifteen years in the field. Seven field reps live in various areas of the country (New York, Connecticut, Kentucky, North Dakota, Michigan...) to cover the US.
GEB made a decision long ago to stay small in terms of class size, and instead to offer more programs (Regular; Accelerated, Special Needs and Home Training).


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All 3 mentioned schools are reputable. Guiding Eyes offers lifetime followup services for the working life of the guide dog team and also offers up to $300.00 per year in veterinary assistance. Classes are small, max 12 students, and training is customized to meet the needs of each individual team. Thanks for making such a great effort to do the research. Choosing a school is a very personal choice.


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Thank you both for your responses. Inotice that while The SeeingEye offers ownership of the dog, Guiding eyes does not. What does this mean for a user? Also whatwas your experience at The Seeing Eye like when you got your dog? Thanks again for the advise andhelpful information.


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You might also enjoy two blog post series that have appeared on VisionAware and the AFB Blog. VisionAware recently posted a four-part Dog Guide Diary by Gil Johnson, who got his new dog from the Seeing Eye, Inc. Here's the first post, which has links to the rest:

http://www.visionaware.org/blog.aspx?BlogID=9&Blog...

And the AFB Blog featured a dog guide diary by Holly, a volunteer at the Dallas Center on Vision Loss, who got her dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind:
http://www.afb.org/blog.aspx?BlogID=7&BlogEntryID=...

These blog posts might give you a sense of what to expect from each organization. Let us know what you decide!


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Both schools are very reputable but I chose The Seeing Eye primarily because the school has an excellent traffic training program and it gives complete ownership of the dog to the handler upon graduation. Also, there is no graduation ceremony that you must attend. Best of luck to you no matter which school yu choose!


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