Each year, approximately 800 puppies are welcomed into the world at Guide Dogs for the Blind. These special pups are preparing to enjoy rewarding careers with their future partners. But for puppies to grow up to be confident, trustworthy, and skilled guide dogs, they need to be exposed to a variety of people, environments, and situations — all while getting healthy doses of appropriate play.

At GDB's California campus, that socialization starts at a very young age. In their first weeks of life, the pups are gently introduced to the world by puppy socialization volunteers, who expose the pups to new situations, all in a positive, playful environment. 

While our puppies are playing, they’re also getting the right start to becoming guides. Your gift for our kennel can set them up for success!


SOMETHING TO CHEW ON


LET'S GO EXPLORING!

Our socialization program exposes the puppies to new sights, sounds, and situations, and teaches them to overcome their initial fear or surprise when they encounter something new. Our volunteers introduce the puppies to experiences like walking on a leash, wearing collars, and being handled and praised.


BUNDLE OF JOY


NEW WORLD, NEW SKILLS

During their first daily outings, puppies in our socialization program encounter all kinds of new things — like stairways, grates, different surfaces, and unusual objects — all so they become flexible and facile learners as well as how to handle different types of terrain.

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