There are currently three ways a dog can "graduate" from guide dog school.

Working Guidess - After 6 months or more of formal training, the dog is matched with a visually impaired partner. Up to 4 more weeks of training is done together on campus before the new team is presented at a graduation ceremony. Often times the puppy raiser has the opportunity to attend graduation and meet the new partner.

Breeder Dogs - After returning for formal training, those dogs still under breeder consideration are carefully observed by the trainers and the breeding department. Only the most exceptional dogs are chosen to join the breeding colony. These dogs are also presented at a graduation ceremony and will live with a foster family in between litters of puppies.

K-9 Buddies - This is a new program that matches a suitable dog with a blind child to provide companionship, increased social opportunities, love, and experience caring for a dog. If the child later chooses to be matched with a guide dog, he or she will already have experience with dogs.

Dogs not selected for one of these three jobs are said to be career changed. Career changed dogs go on to work as therapy, search and rescue, diabetic detection, hearing, or of course they can be pet dogs! Check out Boulder's wonderful career change dogs!


Melody graduated as a breeder dog. One of her children, Razzle, was raised in the club. Melody was born on June 23, 2007 to dog mom Isis and dog dad Danny. She was raised by Cindy R and transferred to LA.

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Blossom graduated as a breeder in 2008. She was born on November 24, 2006 to dog mom Audrey and dog dad Neo.

She was raised by Heidi and family. Some of Blossom's children raised in the club include Pearson, Presto, and Keena. 

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Lilo was raised by Jill, Don, and Kirsten. She graduated as a breeder dog.

Several of Lilo's pups were raised in the club, including Desilu (graduated as a guide), LouAnne (graduated as a guide), and Noelani (graduated as a guide).

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Audrey was raised by Heidi and family. She graduated as a breeder dog. Her puppies NarniaBlossom, and Brenna were raised by the Boulder club.

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Minka was raised by Jane and George. She graduated as a breeder dog.


Omega graduated as a breeder dog. She was raised by Heidi and her family.

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Ostend graduated as a breeder dog and then graduated again as a working guide. Ostend was raised by Doreen and Aaron.


Annette graduated as a breeder dog. She was raised by Judy and family.


Hinda graduated as a breeder and was raised by Gene and Jane.

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