Our raisers are responsible for nurturing a puppy to prepare it for guide dog training. Raisers care for our young dogs and equip them with the skills they need to take on a job that will change someone’s life. Many of our volunteers find the experience life-changing, too.
“We love the dogs; they are the best of the best. We are so proud when they succeed, and there are many smiling faces at graduation. And a blind person benefits tremendously from our work. But I’m convinced we are getting the better end of this deal. Puppy raising is challenging, but the return on investment is extraordinary. This adventure has brought our family together like little else could.”
Who makes a great puppy raiser?
Someone who is deeply caring, giving, and responsible.
Our network includes couples, families with children, young adults, and senior citizens, living in cities, suburbs, the countryside, apartments, houses, you name it.
We are extremely proud that so many raisers enjoy our program enough to renew their commitment to raise another puppy. In fact, 69% are repeat raisers, and some people have raised more than 30 puppies!
How does it work?
Simply put, raisers look after, care for, and lay the foundation for training a puppy. They provide hours of patient teaching and numerous socialization journeys over a 12 to 16 month period, before they return a well-socialized young adult dog to Guiding Eyes training staff.
All of the raiser’s hard work culminates when a visually impaired person receives his or her priceless gift − a guide dog providing independence, companionship, and mobility.
Before you fill out our Puppy Raiser Application, please take some time to explore this section of the website. Feel free to call us to discuss any questions you may have.