At the Training Center in Limbiate, each year, around 50 guide dogs are trained and donated to blind individuals that, always free of charge, are hosted for “chemistry training” with their future life partner.
The training of a guide dog for a blind individual requires around 6 months and entails disbursement borne solely by the Lions Guide Dog Service of around 25.000 Euros.
The Onlus is financed from donations of the italian Lions Clubs, enterprises, public entities, private citizens and by the membership fees of members and supporters.
The Puppy Walker Program
The Guide Dog Service has started also the Puppy Walker Program that entails giving Labrador and Golden Retriever puppies into custody of volunteering families to be educated in socializing until ready for training.
The first year of life of the dog is fundamental for the development of his personality and for its physical growth, all the activities should be aimed at the creation of those characteristics and habits that create the basis of a good guide dog.
After around 10 months, the dog has to be given back to the School to be evaluated and start the Training Program.