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Brood Stud Program

We have an immediate need for Home Litter Caretakers.  Potential candidates must live within one hour of the Canine Development Center in Patterson, New York.  Please contact Elizabeth Martin at for more information. (Note: Greatest need November 2017-January 2018)

Maestro and son EpicBrood and stud dogs ensure the future of all our programs. They are vital to our work – and the people who provide them with homes are crucial members of the Guiding Eyes family.

To be a foster volunteer and take on the responsibility of the health, well-being, and happiness of one of our breeding dogs, you must:

  • Live within 1 – ½ hours (broods) or 1 hour (studs) travel time of the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Canine Development Center (CDC) in Patterson, NY. (If you live 1-½ hours away for broods, approval is at the discretion of the Brood Stud Foster Program Manager.)
  • Provide a safe and loving home environment, keeping the dog on leash when outdoors, with daily exercise (minimum of walking/running 3 miles per day).
  • Transport the breed dog to Guiding Eyes for the Blind for reproduction and healthcare-related visits and quarterly assessments
  • Receive training in dog handling, care, and obedience from Guiding Eyes for the Blind staff.

Our brood and stud dogs start out their lives like any other dog in our program – being raised by a puppy raiser, then assessed for suitability for Guide Dog training. Dogs who display excellent qualities needed in Guide Dogs may become part of the Brood Stud Program.

Our breeding colony consists mostly of Labrador retrievers, with a few German Shepherds.

Fast facts

  • Our dogs are usually selected to become breeding dogs at between 16 and 20 months.
  • Dogs are housebroken and have had obedience training but are not trained as guide dogs.
  • Breeding dogs are technically owned by Guiding Eyes until they retire.

We’re happy that you’re interested in supporting the Guiding Eyes mission by becoming a foster to one of our dogs. Please read this section of the website carefully and feel free to contact us at  with any questions you may have.