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FAQs

  1. What does a Home Socializer do?
  2. How many puppies would I take home?
  3. How long will the pups stay in my home?
  4. Will I get all the items I need to care for the puppies?
  5. Where should I keep the puppies?
  6. Do we have to do anything special with the puppies or is it just playing with them?
  7. Can we participate in this program if we have other pets?
  8. How many times can I take puppies home?
  9. How can I apply to become a Home Socializer?
  10. Do I need a special place for the puppies?
  11. Do I need special training?
  12. Is 24 hour emergency care available if one of the pups gets sick?

1. What does a Home Socializer do?
Our Home Socializers give our puppies one-on-one attention while introducing them to new sights and sounds in a home environment. These new experiences boost the pup’s confidence and give him/her the greatest chance for success as they proceed through the Guiding Eyes program. Volunteers devote several hours per day to the pups’ care, including:

  • Cleaning − between one and two hours to fully scrub and disinfect the puppies’ area once per day, plus frequent changing of the paper
  • Feeding − 10 minutes for each feeding, three times per day
  • Socialization – frequent short sessions of a few minutes throughout the day for each pup, totaling about 20 minutes per puppy.
  • Grooming – 30 minutes per day

2. How many puppies would I take home?
Socializers take 1 to 2 puppies into their homes. This ensures that the pups receive the care and attention they need.

3. How long will the pups stay in my home?
Home visits last anywhere from three to five days. There are weekday and weekend stays. Currently, our greatest need is for weekday volunteers.

4. Will I get all the items I need to care for the puppies?

Guiding Eyes provides the necessary equipment including a portable enclosure called an x-pen for inside the house, a transportation crate, food, leashes, collars, toys and dishes. You will need to provide the newspaper sheets.

5. Where should I keep the puppies?

You need to provide a large enough spot in your home with a durable floor such as a kitchen or playroom where the puppies can be near lots of activity. When outside, the pen should be on a surface other than grass.

6. Do we have to do anything special with the puppies or is it just playing with them?

Before taking puppies home for the first time, you will attend an orientation in which you will receive training in socialization techniques and puppy care.

7. Can we participate in this program if we have other pets?

Yes, but they must be healthy, free of fleas and other parasites, and friendly towards puppies.

8. How many times can I take puppies home?

There are puppies born monthly at the Canine Development Center and we ask that you take puppies at least six times per year, but you are not limited to that amount. You may sign up as many times as you would like each month.

9. How can I apply to become a Home Socializer?

You can apply to become a Home Socializer by completing the application online or downloading a copy for mailing.

10. Do I need a special place for the puppies?

Yes. You need to identify a place in your home with a durable floor that can be easily cleaned, such as a kitchen or playroom, and that has sufficient room for the x-pen where the puppies can be near lots of activity. When outside, the pen needs to be on a surface other than grass.

11. Do I need special training?

Before taking puppies home for the first time, you will attend an orientation that will teach you socialization techniques and puppy care.

12. Is 24 hour emergency care available if one of the pups gets sick?

Absolutely! We provide 24 hour emergency contact numbers for both the veterinarian as well as the Whelping Kennel staff.

Have a question?
Email us at socialization@guidingeyes.org

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