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Puppy Raising Guidebook

Raise a puppy, change a life! This Guidebook offers everything you need to know to raise a puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB).

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Three women stand in front of a lake in a park and each person holds a young guide dog puppies in her arms.

Start here to learn more about GDB, and what it’s like to be part of our Puppy Raising program.

Let’s Work Together!
Two people sit on a train with a guide dog puppy by their side.

Review GDB’s policies regarding public access and etiquette for puppy raising volunteers.

Public Access
A Golden Retriever puppy surrounded by colorful toys.

Learn how to care for GDB puppies, provide veterinary care, and keep them healthy, happy, and safe.

Puppy Wellbeing and Health
A Golden Retriever guide dog works around an obstacle on a sidewalk.

Find out about the process of when puppies return to a GDB campus, and learn about GDB's other programs.

Beyond Puppy Raising

Review best practices for using social media and to promote GDB puppy clubs and puppy raising.

Marketing and Social Media

Learn about the path to GDB club leadership and how puppy clubs are structured.

Puppy Club Leadership

Pathway to Puppy!


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Updates to the Guidebook

See the Change Log to note the timing of any updates to the content of the Guidebook. 

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