Guide Puppies of Seattle is always looking for new puppy raisers! We would love for you to join in the fun. Volunteer puppy raisers of all ages receive their charges when the pups are approximately 8 weeks old, and return them to the Oregon Guide Dog campus between 13 and 18 months old. Raisers are responsible for teaching the puppies good house manners and basic obedience, and most importantly, socializing them to the world.
No prior experience is necessary to become a puppy raiser; we will help you through the process every step of the way. It is a rewarding, emotional experience. As a puppy raiser, not only will you discover the delight of a four-footed, wet-nosed companion, you will join a community of like-minded people all working toward improving the quality of life for people who are blind. Many raisers initially get involved for the puppies and end up making life-long friends.
In order to be a puppy raiser, you will need to understand and agree to some guidelines, which include:
- attending preliminary club meetings. Once you receive your pup, you'll need to continue to attend regularly scheduled club meetings and outings.
- All members of your household must be committed to raising a puppy.
- Providing a safe and secure living environment.
- Keeping your puppy on leash at all times when not in a secure area.
- Providing daily exercise and socialization.
- Using GDB-approved training and management techniques when working with your puppy.
- You need to be willing to travel to meet with Guide Dog representatives for evaluation of your puppy's progress and/or attend training workshops.
If you're interested in finding out more about being involved in our puppy raising group, please contact Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org or Heidi at email@example.com.