Apply for a Guide Dog
Guide Dogs provide safe mobility and independence to people who are blind or visually impaired by:
- maintaining a straight line of travel
- changing direction on command
- indicating road crossings
- negotiating around obstacles
- locating objects such as stairs, doors, elevators
Dogs with Wings will consider the application of future Guide Dog applicants if the following criteria are met:
- Applicants must be considered legally blind.
- Applicants must be 15+ years old at time of application and 16+ years old at placement.
- Applicants must demonstrate an active enough lifestyle and have 3-5 routes that a Guide Dog could assist with.
- Applicants must have received Orientation & Mobility Training (e.g. CNIB) before application.
- Applicants must demonstrate sufficient traffic and intersection awareness to safely train with a Guide Dog
- Applicants must have the mental awareness to be the sole handler of a Guide Dog, and be responsible for the dog in public places.
- We prefer to place Guide Dogs in home environments in which the Guide Dog is the only canine living in the home. However, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
- Applicants must be able to meet the emotional, physical, and financial needs of the Guide Dog and offer a stable home environment.
For more information on Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and the importance of accredited dogs:
For more information on other ADI certified service dog schools in Canada:
Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools