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Guide Dog in Training Bernard sitting at attention during Guide Dog Training
20 September, 2018

First Weeks at the Kennels

At seven weeks of age, our future Guide Dog puppies leave the Guide Dogs Centre or the homes of their Home Whelping and Rearing volunteers to be raised by volunteer Puppy Raisers. These dedicated Puppy Raisers provide a loving home for the pups for 12 months before returning them to the Guide Dogs Centre to start their official Guide Dog training. Here is a glimpse of what the first few weeks is like for new recruits.

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.