Journey of a Guide Dog

Our pups get their start at the Canine Development Center in Patterson, New York. At our Headquarters & Training Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, their journey continues as they learn to become a world-class Guiding Eyes guide dog.

How do adorable puppies become Guiding Eyes dogs?

The Journey At A Glance

Journey Birth, up to 8 wks, up to 16mths, up to 22mths and retirement 8-10 years

We are committed to caring for our dogs from the moment of their birth throughout their lives.

  • Birth: Puppies are born at the Canine Development Center in Patterson, New York.
  • Birth to 8 Weeks: Puppies receive early training and socialization.
  • 8 Weeks to 16 Months: Puppies learn key skills from volunteer puppy raisers.
  • 16 Months to 22 Months: Dogs join Guide Dog Mobility Instructors in Yorktown Heights, New York to learn guide work.
  • 22 Months to 8-10 Years: Dogs are matched and live with people who are blind as guides until retirement.

…and watch this video about Jackson and his journey from puppy to guide dog.