Pilot Dogs began in Columbus in 1950 and shortly thereafter moved into its home in the heart of Franklinton where they’ve been ever since. The non-profit organization trains dogs to assist individuals with vision impairments, and each new puppy-recruit starts rigorous training at about one year of age.
Once the dogs successfully master their skills, they are then paired with their new master. They’ll spend up to 4 weeks living together at the Pilot Dogs facility, getting to know one another and learning each other’s habits, before starting out on their new journey together. We chat with dog trainers and administrators to learn a little more about how this program works.