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Making the decision to apply for a guide dog is a major milestone and the beginning of a life-changing event.
If you find yourself wishing a guide dog could help you locate the elevator, find a crosswalk button, prevent you from veering in the street, stop for an overhead obstacle, or navigate crowds, guide dog mobility might be right for you!
If you’re ready to apply for a guide dog, you’ve come to the right place.
At Guide Dogs of Texas (GDTX), we will guide you to independence with a loving and furry, four-legged companion.
- All services are provided at no cost to you- this includes your guide dog, instruction and first set of equipment/ supplies.
- Guide Dogs of Texas (GDTX) is proud to offer one-on-one training in your home town, flexible class schedules, and specialized pre-training of each dog.
- GDTX provides our alumni graduates with a lifetime of support. All Graduates receive in-person Annual Continuing Education Services (ACES) visits; access to phone support, and when the time comes for a guide to retire, we can discuss the potential for a successor dog.
Are you ready to apply for a Guide Dog from Guide Dogs of Texas?
- Are you a resident of Texas?
- Have you been declared legally blind (20/200 or less acuity or 20% or less visual field)?
- Are you 17 years of age or older?
- Have you had Orientation and Mobility Training? You will need these skills (e.g. keeping track of where you are on route, use traffic sounds to determine when to cross a street) when working with your guide dog.
- Can you demonstrate that you can walk routes independently and can cross streets without assistance from another person?
- Are you able to comfortably walk a distance of roughly one mile, on a daily basis? If not, are you willing to develop the stamina and ability to walk this distance? If you need to take a short rest during a walk of this length, you may still benefit from having a guide dog.
- Would you enjoy having more contact with the public? Partnering with a guide dog frequently attracts the admiration and interest of people around you.
- Are you moving within a year? Please wait to apply because the average wait list time for a guide dog is about a year.