|Expectations of Puppy
Guide Dogs for the Blind
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- Raise the puppy inside as a housedog.
- Provide a safe and securely fenced yard and/or a safe and secure
confinement area for relieving the pup. The outside area must contain
shelter from the elements and access to water.
- Provide a method to care for and relieve the puppy at least every
4-5 hours during the daytime until the puppy is six months old.
- Attend and participate in at least 80 percent or regularly scheduled
club meetings and outings.
- Spend a minimum of 30 minutes each day with the puppy without
the presence of other dogs.
- Provide an environment free of dogs with a history of aggression.
- Provide direct supervision when your GDB dog is with other dogs.
- Leave the puppy in a safe, harm free environment. (In particular,
do not leave the puppy alone for extended periods of time in a fenced
- A leader must see your puppy weekly until 6 months of age.
- Provide appropriate food, grooming supplies, flea/tick control
and veterinary care. (We strongly recommend that raisers have a
crate and leather leash at hand.)
- Securely fence swimming pools, spas, and other bodies of water
to prevent unsupervised access by the puppy.
- Keep any pet cats and dogs current on their vaccinations.
- Provide a safe setting for teaching your puppy to remain alone,
unconfined in the home.
- Undergo a home visit by a Guide Dog approved leader and be approved
by that individual.
- Need to utilize and approve puppy sitters for the Guide Dog puppy.
- You may not adopt or house any other pets other than the ones
pre-approved by your Leader.
- Use Guide Dog approved training and management techniques when
working with or caring for Guide Dog puppies.
- Complete and submit monthly a Guide Dog Puppy Raiser Monthly
Report to their club leader.