Admissions Requirements

The Seeing Eye has served a wide variety of blind persons since its inception in 1929. Applicants from all walks of life and a variety of economic and educational backgrounds have been served. From our years of experience, we have found that candidates with the following characteristics are more likely to succeed as dog guide handlers.

  1. Physical, mental and emotional capability of handling the stress of training with a Seeing Eye dog as determined by references and agency referrals, personal interview and physician’s report. Applicant must be at least 16 years of age, motivated and emotionally stable, capable of walking one to two miles a day, and able to receive and implement instruction.
  2. A realistic plan of use for a Seeing Eye dog as determined by personal references, applicant explanation, agency referrals and personal interview. Applicant must have an active daily routine which would provide independent travel destinations for the dog.
  3. A degree of vision which will not interfere in the safe and effective working relationship with a Seeing Eye dog as determined by medical reports and a personal interview.
  4. Hearing ability sufficient to effect a safe working relationship with a Seeing Eye dog.
  5. Independent travel skills adequate for working with a dog guide, as determined by professional references and personal interview.
  6. A clean living and working environment conducive to safe and effective use and care of a Seeing Eye dog as determined by application and personal interview.
  7. Necessary maturity and temperament to handle the responsibilities of caring for a Seeing Eye dog.

The Seeing Eye does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admissions policies, instructional policies, loan programs, and other school-administered programs. The Seeing Eye admits students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin and affords all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the school.