Dog Guide Schools
Below is a list of dog guide schools from which Dog Guide Users of New Hampshire (DGUNH) have received dogs. Their inclusion on the DGUNH website does not imply any type of endorsement. For a more comprehensive listing of dog guide schools, see the International Guide Dog Federation.
Other Dog Guide Resources
National Association of Guide Dog Users(NAGDU)
The National Association of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU) is committed to providing information and assistance to the guide dog community throughout the United States. Their members consist of current guide dog users, people considering working with a guide dog, puppy raisers and others interested in the use of guide dogs.
NAGDU is a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB).
Guide Dog Users Inc.
Guide Dog Users Inc., (GDUI), is the leading consumer-driven organization of guide dog handlers in the world. GDUI is an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and is a founding member of the Coalition of Assistance Dog Organizations (CADO).
They strive to promote civil rights and enhance the quality of life for working guide dog teams. Drawing on the experiences and varied knowledge of its members, GDUI provides peer support, advocacy and information to guide dog users everywhere. In addition, GDUI works with public entities, private businesses and individuals to ensure that guide dog users enjoy the same rights to travel, employment, housing, and participation in all aspects of life that people without disabilities enjoy.
The collective knowledge and experience of GDUI’s members drives constructive dialogue breaking down barriers of ignorance, opening doors for those of us men and women who live and work proudly and independently partnered with a well-trained guide dog.
Other Service Dog Schools
Canine Companions for Independence
Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
They train four types of assistance dogs:
- Service dogs assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks.
- Hearing dogs alert their partners, who are deaf and hard of hearing, to important sounds.
- Facility dogs work with clients with special needs in a visitation, education, criminal justice or health care setting.
- Skilled companions enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.
Canine Companions breeds Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and a cross of the two.
NEADS World Class Service Dogs
NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services, also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans), is a non-profit organization established in 1976. Their Service Dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners who are deaf or have a disability.
NEADS offers a wide spectrum of Assistance Dog services, including:
- Deaf & Hearing Loss - specially trained to alert human partners to the source of a sound.
- Combat Veterans - Service Dogs for Veterans program is designed to help the growing population of wounded veterans.
- Physical Disability - service dogs assist people by performing everyday tasks like picking up dropped items, opening doors, and more.
- Classroom, Therapy & Ministry - uniquely trained dogs engage and inspire a practitioner's community.
- Children with a Disability - Service dogs for children perform many of the same tasks they can for adults, and offer younger clients greater independence.
- Children on the Autism Spectrum - Social dogs help a child on the autism spectrum feel calmer and more confident.
Other Service Dog Resources
International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP)
IAADP is a nonprofit organization that was launched in 1993 at the joint Delta Society and Assistance Dogs International Conference. A historic meeting took place between consumer representatives from many states partnered with guide dogs, hearing dogs and service dogs. The outcome was an unanimous vote to establish an independent cross disability consumer organization that could represent all Assistance Dog Partners (not just one faction) and advance consumer interests in the assistance dog field.
IAADP's mission is to:
- provide assistance dog partners with a voice in the assistance dog field;
- enable those partnered with guide dogs, hearing dogs and service dogs to work together on issues of mutual concern;
- foster the disabled person / assistance dog partnership.
Assistance Dogs International
Members of ADI meet regularly to share ideas and conduct business regarding educating the public about assistance dogs, advocating for the legal rights of people with disabilities partnered with assistance dogs, and the setting of standards and establishing guidelines and ethics for the training of these dogs.
The objectives of Assistance Dogs International are to:
- Establish and promote standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training and partnership;
- Facilitate communication and learning among member organizations;
- Educate the public about the benefits of assistance dogs and ADI membership.
Service Animal eye Exam
The ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam is a philanthropic event that provides free, ocular screening eye exams to qualified Service & Working Animals each May. These exams are provided by those members of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists who choose to participate and volunteer their time and resources. The program benefits formally trained working animals who selflessly care for us all. Registration is open April 1-30th annually, approximately 7,000 eye exams are provided across America, Canada and Puerto Rico each May.