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Patient getting an eye exam at the Centre for Eye Health
05 September, 2018

Glaucoma: Causes, Symptoms and Early Detection

Glaucoma is a chronic, progressive eye condition and one of the most common causes of blindness in Australia. This eye condition causes irreversible damage to the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain resulting in a gradual, often symptomless loss of vision.

Therapy Dogs Cupid and Ollie sitting outside Manly Courthouse, ready to bring comfort and companionship to court users.
04 September, 2018

Canine Court Companion Program seeks volunteer handlers for NSW Courthouses

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is excited to be working with the NSW Government on the new Canine Court Companion Program, with our Therapy Dogs set to provide comfort and companionship to court users. We are now seeking enthusiastic volunteer Therapy Dog handlers to join the program from this September.

Koda the Guide Dog sitting in his Guide Dog harness
31 August, 2018

Happy Father's Day to ‘Gentle Giant’ Koda

Koda is a beautifully natured yellow Labrador and quite the celebrity around the Guide Dogs Centre in Glossodia. The Guide Dog Training Team will often refer to Koda as the ‘freakishly adorable gentle giant’ and he’s among the most memorable and honoured Labradors to date.

Lindy in her beanie hugging her Guide Dog Comet
30 August, 2018

Lindy and Guide Dog Comet Braving the Cold for PAWGUST

Growing up, Lindy’s dream was to stand on the podium with a Gold Medal around her neck. When Lindy was suddenly diagnosed with a rare eye condition, she was determined to continue to live a full and active life and prove that age and vision loss are no barriers for participation in sports and in life.

Therapy Dog Ollie wearing her orange coat
30 August, 2018

Therapy Dog Awareness Month

As September is National Therapy Dog Awareness Month, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT would like to take this opportunity to recognise all the life-changing services our Therapy Dogs have been able to provide to people in difficult, stressful or traumatic situations.

Little puppy getting a pat on the head at Puppy Play Day
28 August, 2018

Puppy Play Day to Thank our Puppy Sponsors

It takes close to two years to raise, train and transform playful pups into brilliant Guide Dogs - a journey only made possible by the monthly support of people like our Puppy Sponsors. This weekend, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT hosted a Puppy Play Day at the Guide Dogs Centre in Glossodia, as a special thank you event for these wonderful Puppy Sponsors.

Puppy Raisers Louise and Sam holding their second Guide Dog Puppy Kingsley
28 August, 2018

Meet the Puppy Raisers: Louise and Sam

Oral Health Therapist Louise and Owner of Plumbing Company Sam are a newly wedded couple that have always had pet dogs growing up and talked about having a dog of their own. After tying the knot last year, they became fur-parents by volunteering as Puppy Raisers for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and are now raising three–month–old Kingsley.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Training Team with the graduate Guide Dogs at the Guide Dogs Centre all sitting in a row
15 August, 2018

Graduating Guide Dogs presented with their first harness in Port Macquarie

Today is a proud day for five Graduating Guide Dogs as they received their very first harness at a special Guide Dog NSW/ACT ceremony in Port Macquarie after completing five months of intensive training at the Guide Dog Centre. This is the first time a Guide Dog presentation ceremony has taken place in the Mid North Coast which is an exciting way to mark the conclusion of Guide Dog Training and the start of the next life-changing chapter for these incredible dogs.

Guide Dog in training walking with his trainer on a loose leash smiling happily
09 August, 2018

Top 3 Dog Walking Tips from a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Walking your dog is so much more than just a physical activity. In addition to the health benefits from getting active, it’s also extremely beneficial for behaviour training, socialisation and developing the bond between the dog and their owner. To assist all pooches and their owners with daily dog walks, we’ve asked our Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Eddie Sullivan, to share his top three dog walking tips.
 

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