How do I Become a Puppy Raiser?
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If you would like to apply to become a Puppy Raiser please make sure you currently adhere to the following criteria before applying.
To become a Puppy Raiser you must:
- Be home for most of the day; your puppy must not be left alone for more than four hours at a time without supervision and human company.
- Walk your puppy each day.
- Allow your puppy to sleep and spend time indoors.
- Have a yard with dog-proof fencing.
- Have access to a car to transport your puppy.
- Be available to attend training at puppy pre-School days and socialisation days.
- Live in the Sydney area - this is to ensure our Puppy Raising team can easily travel to make regular inspections.
One of our Puppy Raising Team will check that your home meets the needs of our special dogs.
If you're chosen to become a puppy raiser, we will give you a thorough rundown on the Puppy Raising Program. Then, when a puppy becomes available, the fun can begin.
Are there any expenses involved?
We provide all the equipment needed to make your pup feel at home, including a bed, leash and food bowl. We also cover all veterinary costs.
Can I stay in contact with my puppy?
When your role as a puppy raiser is completed, you are invited to a puppy-raising intake day - when you'll return the pup to its new home at the Guide Dogs Centre.
We understand that puppy raisers are proud of their charges, so you are welcome to check on your dog's progress by contacting the Guide Dogs Centre. We'll also notify you when your puppy completes assessments and training.
If your pup successfully completes the training program, you will be invited to attend a special graduation ceremony at the centre.
If you would like to become a Puppy Raiser, please complete the form on this page.