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Leader Dogs for the Blind VS Guide Dogs of America?

Hi all. I am thinking of getting my first guide dog, but still can't decide what school I'll be getting it from. Can anyone tell me what program is best and why? How different the training is? what are the main differences between LDB and GDA. Thanks in advance!

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Great, thanks! Me to LD, god willing.


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Sorry! I just saw this. You can email me at Edwards.250@wright.edu if you still want to talk. I'm going to Huiding Eyes For The Blind.


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Thanks for the info! I'll be getting my first guide dog too. What school are you going to? How can I get in touch with you? is there some way on here?


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Hi! You should totally go for it. I'm going to get my first guide dog this summer. I've heard both good and bad things about both programs, but that's what you'll find with any school. What I did to choose a school was this:
1. Look around on their websites as well as websites for guide users and those for the blind. See what kinds of things people have to say and take them into account.
2. If you know someone with a guide dog ask them about their experiences and any feedback about the school that you're considering.
3. Call or email the school and ask them some questions: feel them out a little bit.
4. Take into account the length of training and location in which you want to train. It depends on your personal feelings.
I'm no expert: this is just what I did. I hope this helps! If I can do anything else please ask!


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