OccuPaws Guide Dog Association

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OccuPaws Guide Dog Association

OccuPaws Guide Dog Association

The Mission of the OccuPaws Guide Dog Association is to provide Guide Dogs at no cost to Wisconsin and surrounding states residents who are blind or visually impaired.  Our custom training sessions take place in the comfort of the client's home environment as opposed to a guide dog school that may be far away from home. We believe that legitimate, personal circumstances (family obligations, professional commitments or secondary health conditions) should not prevent an otherwise capable individual with a qualifying visual impairment from enjoying the companionship and assistance a canine guide can offer.  Each completely trained dog and person is carefully matched according to such traits as lifestyle, personality, activity level, and walking speed.

In addition to harness work and obedience commands, our Certified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor teaches each client about the learning style of their particular guide dog, various aspects of canine behavior, and about the innate characteristics of their guide dog's breed.  By the end of each custom in-home placement, the client will have learned how to teach their guide dog new skills, and how to work with and care for their canine visual partner throughout the entirety of its career.

One of our Guide Dog recipients says:

“There is no greater feeling than knowing I can now independently travel anywhere as my 'guide' will ensure I get there safely.  I look forward to climbing to the top of any mountain life puts in my way as I know the journey will be safe and with my best friend,…” 

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