Please join us and become a puppy raiser. We meet in Danville on Tuesday evenings between 6 and 8pm, four times a month.
If you unable to raise a puppy you can still be part of our club. Become a puppy sitter, help with fund raising events. It takes a community to raise a puppy). Please become part of our community! We welcome everyone.
Make new friends, enjoy outings with your puppy, and help a blind person see the world. Helping the blind, one puppy at a time.
Puppy raiser requirements:
First and foremost, you need to live in one of these Western states:
Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah or Washington.
After that, you need to understand and agree to guidelines, which include:
- Joining a local puppy raising club and attend 6 club meetings. Once you receive your pup, you will 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 being interviewed by a representative in your area, get in touch with us! Please call the Canine Community Programs office at Guide Dogs for the Blind at 800-295-4050.
Guidance and support:
Raisers receive expert local guidance as they train their dogs. Each puppy raising club is directed by one or more club leaders who receive ongoing specialized training and instructional materials from Guide Dogs. Professional Community Field Representatives work closely with those leaders to provide direct communication, guidance and support from GDB's Canine Community Programs Department.
There are regular club meetings where raisers gather to share ideas and information, work on puppy training techniques and participate in socialization outings. And each year on both of our campuses, we host puppy raising Fun Days as a way to thank and honor our puppy raisers' volunteer efforts. Finally, raisers are invited to attend their dogs' graduation ceremonies, and formally present the dogs they raised to their new blind partners.
Before becoming a puppy raiser or puppy sitter, you must attend six consecutive meetings, have a home visit /yard check done, paper work completed, and meet the puppy sitting requirements.
All puppy raisers are required to puppy exchange (once a quarter), help with some events and fund raising. (Attending regular meetings and outings is required by all raisers and puppy sitters).
Puppy sitters go through the same training as puppy raisers, and need to regularly attend meetings
Working Guides, retired Guides, GDB breeders, retired breeders and career change dogs, are all welcome at the weekly meetings, events and socials. (Outings are for raisers and their puppies. This is for evaluation purposes.
Your puppy's first meeting takes place in your home. This is a good opportunity to get 1-to-1 help from a leader, and gives us time to get to know your puppy's personality. This is not on a Tuesday evening. Some puppies are not ready for class & they may have more in home training before going out into the world. There is no rush.
Is a year of puppy raising to long for you? (puppies come to your home at 8 weeks of age, and leave at 15 months). Consider raising a starter pup (8 weeks of age to 5 months). Or finish a pup, train a dog for the last few months.
The training requirements are the same for anyone involved with our puppies.
Puppy socialization will depend on your puppy's age and disposition. Every puppy is different, and will be ready to meet the world at a different time. Puppy Jackets are given out when your puppy is ready, and not at a set time.
Support is given as you are raising your puppy. You are not alone. Support is available at any time, even if you have raised before!