Getting Ready

Getting ready to attend Guiding Eyes Training School? Here are all the details on how to prepare and what to pack. And don’t worry about missing anything — staff members call students a week before class to make sure they’re all set.

A student’s two-week stay at the Yorktown campus is an unforgettable learning experience.

Training School Program

Students who come to Guiding Eyes for training learn new skills, make new friends, and – most importantly – meet the specially-trained guide dog they’ve been waiting for. Students are assigned their dog on Day Two of training, a day affectionately known as “Dog Day.”

 

Following Dog Day, the class travels to our field training center in White Plains every day to give the new teams an opportunity to become familiar with a single environment and route as they learn to work with their new dog.

 

As the training continues, students participate in workshops and lectures to learn about the care of their dog and legal rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and state statutes.

What to Bring

  • Medical insurance card
  • One month’s supply of medical supplies and prescriptions
  • Personal toiletries
  • Money – cash and credit cards
  • Easily transportable hobby equipment and reading material
  • Recording app or equipment, if students wish to record lectures; most students choose not to record, as all lectures and documents are available via an online library
  • Clothes, including wet weather gear, and shoes that are comfortable, broken in and supportive
  • A backpack, shoulder bag or fanny pack
  • Returning students should bring their old harness to training, or return it via mail prior to arrival. Guiding Eyes will issue students a new harness.

Bed linen and towels are provided.

What to Wear

Guiding Eyes is a pretty informal place, and our classes are held outside in all weather, so it’s a good idea to bring:

  • Winter: coats, hats, gloves, long underwear, etc.; summer: T-shirts and shorts
  • Shoes for all terrain (sneakers or walking shoes are ideal)
  • Backpack, shoulder bag, or fanny pack (students will need both hands free to work with their guide dog)

Laundry facilities are available, and detergent and bleach are provided.

Exercise

Students should arrive conditioned to walk regularly before entering our program as training involves a lot of walking.

Students will be required to walk routes of up to one mile in length, twice a day. Some routes cover hilly terrain; some have broken sidewalks.

 

There is an exercise room available at the training center. We also have tandem bicycles available for use during free time. Students should consult with their physician before starting any exercise program.

Health Services

Students should bring:

  • Medical insurance card
  • One month’s supply of all prescription medications, insulin, syringes, or other medical equipment, packed in carry-on luggage if traveling by plane.)
  • Any over-the-counter medications required

 

Our nursing staff is available on campus full time. The team of nurses can assist with routine medical needs, first aid, and emergencies, but you are expected to independently manage your health. If you need specific routine assistance, please email our Nurse Manager at nursing@guidingeyes.org prior to your training.

 

If you have any questions relating to your health needs, please contact:
Stephanie, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager
800-942-0149 ext. 2216
nursing@guidingeyes.org

Luggage

Students traveling by plane or train will be mailed luggage tags in advance.

 

Students are responsible for making sure their luggage is aboard the Guiding Eyes van before departing from the airport for the Training Center. Please do not bring footlockers or trunks.

 

Students should pack an empty gym bag, or leave room in their suitcase to accommodate the extra items that they will be bringing home: an eight-pound bag of dry dog food, grooming brush, and medication, and souvenirs or optional dog supplies purchased at the school.

Money

Students should bring a small amount of money to purchase small personal items, candy, soda, and other incidentals, as well as extra dog equipment, some veterinary supplies, extra photographs, and souvenirs.

 

Guiding Eyes recommends bringing some cash; we also accept major credit cards.

 

Change is available from the Reception Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Transportation

Student travel expenses and arrangements are paid for and managed by Guiding Eyes. Staff members will review travel arrangements with students by phone before they are finalized.

 

By Plane or Train: Guiding Eyes will meet students at the airport or train station and will bring them to the Training Center.

 

New York City Residents: For students who are not able to use public transportation to the Training Center, Guiding Eyes will arrange for door-to-door transportation.

Valuables

Do not bring valuables to the Training Center. Extra money may be locked in the school safe. Desks in student rooms are equipped with privacy locks.