You see a puppy, a person who is blind sees the world! Our mission can only be accomplished with the help of our valued puppy raising volunteers who usher our puppies down the path to becoming guide dogs. We provide a community of support to allow you to give back while being paid in unconditional love. It is a job that is both warm, and fuzzy!
Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching our puppies good manners and basic obedience for about the first year of the pups’ lives. Puppy raisers typically join local puppy raising clubs, wherein they share ideas and information, work on training techniques, and participate in socialization outings. The pups return to one of our campuses for their formal guidework training when they are between 13 and 15 months old. When the pups graduate as guides, the raisers are invited to the graduation ceremonies to formally present the dogs they raised to their new partners.
No prior experience is necessary to become a puppy raiser. Our Puppy Raising program is available in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington.