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How to Raise a Puppy


The relationship between the raiser and pup lays the foundation for a successful and rewarding journey. This journey is made possible through the dedication and commitment of an entire team of individuals. Your Region Team and Guiding Eyes staff are available to teach and guide you throughout the puppy raising process.


Pre-placement classes

The pre-training curriculum covers the basics of puppy raising and Guiding Eyes training methods and philosophy. Before you’re eligible to raise one of our puppies, you need to attend a series of pre-placement classes.

As any raiser knows, it takes a lot to raise a pup. An interesting look at a pup’s needs and expectations can be found in It Takes a Pack to Raise a Puppy.


Group Classes

Regions hold regular group classes, taught by Region Helpers or Regional Managers. These required classes are a great chance for you (and your puppy!) to learn from the experiences of others on the same journey.


Walk and Talk Puppy Evaluation

Each raiser and puppy meets with a Guiding Eyes Regional Manager a minimum of two times. These one-on-one sessions, referred to as Walk and Talks, will help you with any ongoing issues or questions about the puppy you are raising and allow the Regional Manager to assess the pup’s progress.

At least two weeks prior to the scheduled session, each raiser needs to fill out the Walk and Talk Evaluation form. The report is automatically sent to the Regional Manager and Region Coordinator.


Video Support Materials

Periodically, we may provide training support on DVDs, which the Region Team will distribute. The majority of training materials and video support is accessible to authorized users within our website and via webinars.