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Sponsor a Puppy

your monthly support will help more puppies get a head start on becoming Guide Dogs

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Have you seen our TV ad?

sponsor a puppy today

Learn more

Introduction to Puppy raising

At eight weeks of age, our Guide Dog pups are placed in the community with volunteer Puppy Raisers. These families or individuals ensure that our new puppy recruits get the best possible care, in a loving home environment while receiving necessary training.

These special, dedicated Puppy Raisers all have one thing in common – they embrace the opportunity to help change people’s lives forever.

Raising and training a puppy is an amazing experience that is incredibly rewarding for the whole family.

Yellow Guide dog puppy being held. Head resting on the shoulder of a female.

Raise a puppy Puppy Raiser responsibilities

A good Puppy Raiser is someone who is caring, patient, and responsible.

Puppy Raising is a 12 month commitment. During that time, Raisers are responsible for:

  • Making the pup part of your family and keeping them safe. Allow the pup to interact with household members.
  • Attending weekly training sessions in your area.
  • Teaching the pup some basics skills, including sitting nicely when being groomed, walking nicely on a lead, good house manners, and providing regular socialisation experiences.
  • Establishing good toileting, feeding, sleeping, and walking routines.

There are more detailed expectations for Puppy Raisers. Learn more about the details and responsibilities.

Two Guide Dogs in training outside on the grass with their harnesses on.

Raise a puppy What is required to become a Puppy Raiser?

To become a Puppy Raiser, ideally you will:

  • Live in the areas of Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Newcastle, South Coast, Southern Highlands or Canberra/Queanbeyan. This is to ensure your pup can attend regular training sessions with the Puppy Development Team.
  • Be home for most of the day: your pup must not be left alone for more than four hours at a time without supervision and human company.
  • Be available to walk your pup each day.
  • Allow your pup to sleep and spend time indoors.
  • Have a yard with dog-proof fencing unless you live in a flat or unit.
  • Have access to a car to transport your pup.
  • Be available to attend training sessions.
Black Guide Dog puppy on a leash, going for a walk outside.

Raise a puppy Can I raise a puppy if I already have a dog at home?

Having your own pet dog does not exclude you from being a part of our Puppy Raising, or Temporary Care Program.

As long as your pet is “dog-friendly”, and you meet our other criteria, we are happy to place a pup with you!

If for some reason you do not fit these criteria, there are many other ways in which you can help. You could become a Volunteer in your area. You could become a Puppy Sponsor, where you can follow the journey of a puppy and donate to help them become life-changing Guide Dogs. You can also assist at our Guide Dogs Centre, sell merchandise at events, or support us with administration duties.

If you hope to get involved, contact us for more information now!

Yellow Guide Dog puppy and adult Guide Dog sitting on dog beds indoors.

Raise a puppy Will I get support from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT?

We provide most of the equipment you need to make your pup feel at home.

This includes:

  • dog food
  • preventative medications (fleas, worms and heartworm)
  • collars
  • leash
  • grooming equipment
  • a food bowl.

We also cover all veterinary costs through one of our approved vets in your local area.

We also provide ongoing support and advice through our Education Sessions, our online Resource Centre “Puppy Central”, and through regular Training Sessions.

Training Sessions are generally held on a weekly basis until the pup is 4 months of age, and then fortnightly thereafter. Regular visits allow our Puppy Development Team to monitor the pup’s development, and address any concerns promptly to ensure that the Guide Dog Puppy journey is enjoyable for everyone involved.

12 week old yellow Guide Dog puppy outside training.

Raise a puppy Become a Temporary Carer for Guide Dog Puppies

If you cannot commit to the full 12 months required as a Puppy Raiser, we completely understand. You can still help us by registering as a Temporary Carer. Temporary Carers are on-hand to provide a loving home for when our Puppy Raisers go on holidays, or if they cannot look after their pup for a short period of time.

Yellow Guide Dog puppy going for a walk on the beach.

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Not eligible at this time

Thank you for taking the time to apply, at this time you do not meet the criteria to proceed with this application.

For the safety and welfare of our Guide Dogs in Training it is a requirement that applicants can transport the dog to the vet in an emergency.

There are many ways you can help Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, please click the link to find out more.

https://www.new.guidedogs.com.au/get-involved/donations/


Not eligible at this time

Thank you for taking the time to apply, at this time you do not meet the criteria to proceed with this application.

In order for us to be able to train our Guide Dogs we need to be able to access them when needed on training days.

There are many ways you can help Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, please click the link to find out more.

https://www.new.guidedogs.com.au/get-involved/donations/


Not eligible at this time

Thank you for taking the time to apply, at this time you do not meet the criteria to proceed with this application.

In order for us to be able to train our Guide Dogs we need to be able to access them when needed on training days.

There are many ways you can help Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, please click the link to find out more.

https://www.new.guidedogs.com.au/get-involved/donations/


Not eligible at this time

Thank you for taking the time to apply, at this time you do not meet the criteria to proceed with this application.

As our Guide Dogs and Therapy Dogs live indoors with their handlers it is a requirement that all our dogs are raised to be a part of the family. This includes being able to access the house and sleep indoors.

There are many ways you can help Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, please click the link to find out more.

https://www.new.guidedogs.com.au/get-involved/donations/


Not eligible at this time

Thank you for taking the time to apply, at this time you do not meet the criteria to proceed with this application.

Guide Dog pups are full of energy and need daily walks and socialisation as part of their special training. If you are unable to walk and socialise the puppy daily, unfortunately you do not meet the requirements to become a puppy raiser.

There are many ways you can help Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, please click the link to find out more.

https://www.new.guidedogs.com.au/get-involved/donations/


Not eligible at this time

Thank you for taking the time to apply, at this time you do not meet the criteria to proceed with this application.

Puppy Raisers are required to provide bedding and toys for their pups.

There are many ways you can help Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, please click the link to find out more.

https://www.new.guidedogs.com.au/get-involved/donations/

Are you willing to follow all of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT policies and recommendations?  *

Not eligible at this time

Thank you for taking the time to apply, at this time you do not meet the criteria to proceed with this application.

For the safety and welfare of our Guide Dogs in Training it is a requirement that applicants adhere to Guide Dogs policies at all times.

There are many ways you can help Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, please click the link to find out more.

https://www.new.guidedogs.com.au/get-involved/donations/



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Not eligible at this time

Thank you for taking the time to apply, at this time you do not meet the criteria to proceed with this application.

As our dogs in training are considered “pet dogs” in your home, you must have permission to have a dog before applying.

There are many ways you can help Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, please click the link to find out more.

https://www.new.guidedogs.com.au/get-involved/donations/




Not eligible at this time

Thank you for taking the time to apply, at this time you do not meet the criteria to proceed with this application.

We require your pool and yard to be fully fenced to ensure the safety of the pup, please reapply when this is completed.

There are many ways you can help Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, please click the link to find out more.

https://www.new.guidedogs.com.au/get-involved/donations/




Please note that the primary carer / handler must be at least 18 years of age.




Please note that the role of a Puppy Raiser is physical and involves lifting, twisting, stretching, bending, kneeling and squatting on a repetitive basis, as well as managing unpredictable pulling on the lead.








Please include species, breed, age, sex and desexed status.



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Please note that these sessions run for typically 1-2 hours, and are generally weekly for the first 2 months, and then fortnightly thereafter.



Please note if working full time, the pup must be allowed to attend work with you. Work hours must also be flexible to allow the pup to attend regular meetings regardless of work status.





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