|Guidelines for New Raisers
Use a correction hard enough to get a response the first
time, but no harder—this takes practice and learning about your
individual puppy. If you are not making progress or it seems like the
puppy is not affected by your corrections, call a leader. There are
other methods we can try.
Never leave the puppy loose or unattended in the
house—use a crate or dog run when you are not taking him with
Puppy should be on a leash, tie down, or drag line
in the house at all times. They earn more freedom with good behavior.
Out and About
When you are walking your puppy, keep
the leash loose at all times. Remember, you are in
control, not the puppy! Watch him/her and get him to pay attention
to you. If you are having to correct repeatedly for the same
thing, you are either not correcting hard enough, or you need
to try refocusing your puppy by turning around abruptly and
going the opposite direction, or having the puppy do sit/down/stand
or whatever it takes to get him looking at you and responding
to your commands.
It is a good idea to get a nametag
with your personal information on it to attach to the puppy’s
collar. This tag can be reused.
leave home without one! You should have a backpack or hands-free
bag with absorbent material (disposable diapers work well), plastic
bags, and wipes.
Puppy coats must be worn at
any time the puppy is in public.
GDB puppies must ride on the
floor of the car—but never in the front seat of a car with
air bags. You can use a tie-down if it helps.
Puppies under 4 months of age may not go to places
where lots of dogs visit—they do not have all of their shots
and are not protected against diseases.
If someone wants to pet your
puppy, take charge of the situation and say something
like, “Sure, let me have him sit first.” It also helps
to tell people that he is not allowed to lick so it helps him
if they don’t put their hands/face right up to his mouth.
The puppy must be in control to be petted—if the pup is
not able to stay/get in control, it is OK to tell people (nicely,
of course!) that this is not a good time for him to be touched.
Never take your puppy on
an escalator or through a revolving door. These can be
scary for a puppy and are taught later on at the GDB School by
a professional trainer.
Your puppy counts on you to keep him safe. Watch out
for kids/people stepping on or tripping over your puppy. Never let a
Guide Dog Puppy run free—they must be in a securely fenced yard
or on a long-line.
See your leader for Vet recommendation.
When you call the Vet to
schedule shot appointments, make sure that they use a vaccine
without Lepto. If your Vet doesn’t have the right kind,
they can get it from GDB.
Carry the puppy into the
Veterinarian until after his 4-month shots.
Raisers within their $250
annual allotment, who are seeking general veterinary care, should
contact their leaders.
Raisers who have exceeded
their $250 allotment should seek pre-authorization for veterinary
services, please call the Vet Bill Hotline at (415) 492-4117
In the case of a medical
emergency, raisers should seek local veterinary assistance immediately
if pre-authorization is not possible in a timely manner. For
example, in the case of a puppy ingesting poison, or involved
in a car accident, raisers should seek veterinary care immediately
and contact GDB and their leader as soon as possible.
Raising a Guide Dog Puppy should be a fun, fulfilling, and successful
experience. If you are having a hard time with anything, please let
us know. The leaders and your fellow club members are here to help