You see a puppy, a person who is blind sees the world! Our mission can only be accomplished with the help of our valued puppy raising volunteers who usher our puppies down the path to becoming guide dogs. We provide a community of support to allow you to give back while being paid in unconditional love. It is a job that is both warm, and fuzzy!

Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching our puppies good manners and basic obedience for about the first year of the pups’ lives. Puppy raisers typically join local puppy raising clubs, wherein they share ideas and information, work on training techniques, and participate in socialization outings. The pups return to one of our campuses for their formal guidework training when they are between 13 and 15 months old. When the pups graduate as guides, the raisers are invited to the graduation ceremonies to formally present the dogs they raised to their new partners.

No prior experience is necessary to become a puppy raiser. Our Puppy Raising program is available in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

Current Puppy Raisers

If you are a current puppy raiser and have a question, please contact the Puppy Raising Department at ipuppy@guidedogs.com. The login entrance to the puppy raising portal (forms, documents, reports, etc.) is below. 

Puppy Raising Portal: Enter Here

Ready to raise a puppy?

Please complete our Puppy Raising Interest form, and we'll be in touch!

What to Expect

You'll receive your puppy at approximately 8 weeks old, and he/she will return to one of our campuses 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 full time, there are still other ways to get involved with your local puppy club, such as puppy sitting. 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

As a puppy raiser, you will receive continuous support and guidance. Puppy raisers typically join local puppy raising clubs, wherein you will share ideas and information, work on training techniques, and participate in socialization outings. When your puppy graduates as a guide, you are invited to the graduation ceremony to formally present the dog to its new partner. If you're interested in learning more, we'd love to hear from you!

You can reach us by completing the Puppy Raising Interest form below, or by calling our Puppy Raising office at 800.295.4050.

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