What happens after graduation?
Saying goodbye to our dogs and graduates is just the beginning of a long and lasting companionship. After graduation, we continue to follow up for the lifetime of the pair.
The last day of class is always scheduled for a Friday, and departures should be scheduled by noon. Ground transportation is provided to nearby airports of Sarasota/Bradenton (SRQ), Tampa (TPA), or Clearwater/St Petersburg (PIE) and the Bradenton bus station. The admissions department should be informed of your travel needs, including departure, before students arrive.
Transition to home and vacation planning
As students make the transition back home, your adjustment and reinforcement of the training continues. Students will receive a packet of information containing a list of commands learned in class and extensive information on dog supplies, grooming, and healthcare products.
We recommend that all students return to their homes immediately following training for a period of time, to allow the dog to become accustomed to its new environment. Vacations or traveling should not be scheduled for at least four weeks after leaving the training program.
Graduate services and follow-up
Our graduate services department is available to address any questions a graduate may have about training or care of their guide dog. Students agree to complete an evaluation form at the end of two weeks and two months, keeping communication open with our staff. Our trainers will also conduct follow-up interviews by phone with students who have just left class and will also follow up with a visit in your home area. Follow-up is an essential part of our program as we provide a lifetime commitment to all of our guide dog pairs.