How Long Do Guide Dogs Work?

When will Cooper get to put his paws up and chill…

A guide dog will usually spend 7 – 9 years guiding a person with vision loss before retiring.

Black lab guide dog Cooper, at work
Photo by author. Cooper at work. Wearing a bow tie for his birthday

In a guide dog’s 7th year of work, an instructor from the school will come to our home and assess Cooper as he works. If they find that he’s keen on guiding he…



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Patricia Timmermans

Patricia Timmermans

My guide dog and I visit schools to raise awareness for sight loss; the kids’ questions make great stories! Plus, I love books and writing book reviews. 🇨🇦