Pawsible Angels guide dogs are trained to assist their handlers by performing a variety of tasks which overall allow a visually impaired person to navigate through their unseen environment with greater safety and independence. These tasks involve instituting a safe path of travel through obstacle avoidance, crowd negotiating, signaling changes in elevation, locating objects or people on cue, and retrieving dropped items for their handler.
Upon completion of basic service dog training, our prospective guide dogs receive many months of intensive guide training to ensure the accuracy and reliability of their task work in real-world settings. They are also fitted with a guide harness sized to the dog and hander’s specific measurements and needs in mind.
In order to be eligible for a guide dog, applicants must:
Have a significant visual impairment
Have a prescription letter for a service dog from their doctor
Be independent in mobility
Be able to demonstrate the ability to safely and effectively control, manage and care for a dog
Be willing to participate in on-going Pawsible Angels training and graduate support program
The process to receive a Pawsible Angels assistance dog includes multiple steps. Click the link below to find out if an assistance dog is right for you and start the process to receive more information.