Skip to content

Lions in Canada Train Dog Guide Puppies to Be Life-Changing Companions

January 26, 2011

Some of our clubs have found a wonderful way to give people with vision problems and physical disabilities the gift of independence – and a new best friend. We recently sent a film crew to a Lions Dog Guide Training Center near Toronto to see how Lions in Canada are turning puppies into life-changing companions.

Before a guide dog puppy embarks on an incredible journey of service, it trains with a foster family. Then, when the pup is about a year old, it returns to the Lions Dog Guide Training Center for six months of specialized training. The dogs learn skills like opening doors, fetching items from the fridge and calling emergency assistance.

The Lions pair each dog with a person who has a physical or medical disability, like Cary Brown, who is blind. “They change our lives by sponsoring these dogs,” said Brown. “They take you from a place of darkness and despair into light and hope and courage.”

  1. Jackie Rumble permalink
    February 3, 2011 3:17 pm

    I received my third guide dog from dog guides Canada this past fall! His name is Ollie and he is a CVC dog, Thank you for the video! I love Dog guides Canada!

    Ollie has made a huge difference in my life, giving me more safety, independence and mobility, I can get out a lot more and I’m not alone, I have him to help me and we are there for each other!

  2. Connie and SSD Diesel permalink
    February 3, 2011 11:51 am

    I am so glad that the Lions have made a heartwarming video of the training of the dog guides in Canada. I have been there, and received a special skills seizure response dog 4 years ago. His name is Diesel and he changed my life! He has given me the freedom and independence to go out and become a Lioness and volunteer in my community. We are a good team together. He is my 4 paw miracle. When watching this video, I know many more graduates of the school go home feeling the same way I did. Thank you!

    • February 3, 2011 12:02 pm

      Thanks for sharing your story! We’re glad that the Lions in Canada were able to help … and to hear that you and Diesel are now able to help others. 🙂

  3. Lion Nancy A Smith permalink
    January 26, 2011 2:00 pm

    As puppy raisers for Canine Support Teams of Menifee, CA, my mom and I can attest that raising puppies to become handicapped assistance dogs is one of the most rewarding things one could ever do. With the support of our Hemet Breakfast Lions we have graduated a seeing eye dog and a wheelchair assist dog, and are currently preparing to turn in #3 and hopefully start on #4. If you care for dogs as we do, turning adorable puppies into caring and loving companions is indeed a labor of love!

    • January 26, 2011 2:25 pm

      Thanks for the comment … and for all that you are doing to help others!


  1. Top 10 Lions Clubs International Blog Posts of the Quarter « Lions Clubs International Blog: Lions Reach Out
  2. Tweets that mention Lions in Canada Train Dog Guide Puppies to Be Life-Changing Companions « Lions Clubs International Blog: Lions Reach Out --

Comments are closed.