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GDB puppy raiser sits with her Guide Dog

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in our Puppy Raising program. It is a life-changing and rewarding experience for our raisers, their families, and ultimately our graduates. No prior experience is necessary to become a puppy raiser. And we're here to help every step of the way...

Our Puppy Raising program is in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.

What to expect:

You'll receive your puppy at approximately eight weeks old, and he/she will return for formal training between 13 and 15 months old. Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching their puppies good manners and basic obedience. You can have other pets in your home and if you are not able to commit to raising a puppy fulltime, there are still other ways to get involved with your local puppy club, such as puppy sitting. And, GDB's puppy raising program complements many FFA, 4H, home schooling, high school, and college programs. All ages can participate in puppy raising, however primary puppy raisers must be at least 9 years of age.

Guidance and support:

Puppy raisers receive continuous support and guidance. They typically join local puppy raising clubs, where they gather with other GDB puppy raisers to share ideas and information, work on puppy training techniques, and participate in socialization outings. Puppy raisers are also invited to attend our graduation ceremonies and formally present the dogs they raised to their new partners.

If you're interested in learning more, we'd love to hear from you! You can reach us by filling out the Puppy Raising interest form, or by calling our Puppy Raising office at 800-295-4050.

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