Emma's dream is to get a Guide Dog

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Emma with Guide dog.

Emma's dream is to get a Guide Dog

Your gift could help children like Emma to be independent and achieve their dream.

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Commitment of time

  • Will you exercise and train the pup daily, including walks, obedience sessions, and general house manners, such as greeting people politely and waiting at the door?
  • Are you prepared to attend regular training sessions and outings during weekday business hours?
  • Do you commit to spending a large portion of your day with the pup, making it part of your life and normal routine? This means the pup is not left by itself for any longer than four hours per day.
  • Are you prepared to housetrain the puppy as directed by your Puppy Development Advisor?
  • Can you devote adequate time to socialise the pup in a variety of environments, at least 3-5 times a week? Socialisation experiences can be short and sweet (5-15 mins) and can be incorporated into everyday activities—like school pick-ups for example—where the pup can encounter various noises, floor surfaces, people, and animals.
Yellow and black Guide Dog in training puppies side by side with their training vests on.

Responsibilities for your own safety

  • Are you able to physically handle a 30-40kg dog on lead?
  • Do you have the physical ability to perform a number of repetitive tasks when attending to the pup (from a small pup to a mature adult)? These tasks may involve lifting, twisting, stretching, bending, kneeling, and squatting.
  • Are you prepared to puppy-proof your property? This includes, but is not limited to:
    • The removal of all rat and snail baits, poisons, safe relocation of chemicals, cleaning products, and medicines, and moving electrical cords and other potential hazards.
    • Removing or blocking access to any dangerous plants.
    • Ensuring fencing is secure around pools and elevated areas to prevent falls.
Female lying down on the grass holding a yellow labrador puppy, both looking straight to camera

Responsibilities for the safety of the pup

  • Is your fencing and yard secure, preventing the pup from escaping, and unwanted dogs from gaining access to the pup, especially when the pup is entire (not desexed), and during female heat cycles?
  • Do you have suitable outdoor shelter for the pup from weather (like harsh sun and rain)?
  • Are you willing to keep the pup on leash, or in a secure fenced-off area whenever it is outdoors?
  • Is everyone in the household committed to keeping the pup safe? For example, moving small objects that could pose a choking hazard out of reach, and ensuring that gates and doors are shut securely.
  • Are you prepared to maintain the pup’s health and well-being by following veterinary direction, ensuring preventative medication is delivered in a timely manner, and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT advice is adhered to?
  • Can you health check (we will show you how), and groom the pup on a regular basis?
  • Will you do your utmost to ensure the pup’s safety whilst in your care, both at home and on outings where you may encounter a range of potential hazards such as cars and bikes?
Yellow Guide Dog sitting on a step box being trained.

Expectations of the household

  • Are all members of the household in agreeance with raising a pup and adhering to the guidelines set out by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT to ensure consistent handling of the pup?
  • Is anyone allergic to, uncomfortable around, or scared of, dogs? Do not forget that during the Puppy Raising period, our small pups grow at a rapid rate to become large dogs!
  • If other pets are present in the household, will they be comfortable with having a pup in the house? Are you willing to ensure that our criteria for house manners are followed, even though different rules may apply for your own pets?
  • It is not recommended to bring an additional pup into the household while caring for our pup, to ensure the focus is primarily on the Guide Dog pup.
  • Is the household prepared to clean up after the pup, including toileting accidents?
  • Prior dog experience is not essential – as long as you are happy to learn and follow Guide Dogs NSW/ACT guidelines, your Puppy Development Advisor will help teach and support you through this journey.
Side profile of a yellow labrador puppy.

Focus on the mission

  • Raising a pup for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is a rewarding experience. Returning the Guide Dog pup is emotional, but you can take pride in knowing that you are contributing to the lives of many people and enhancing their involvement in the community.
  • Are you committed to raising the pup adhering to the methods outlined by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, even if they differ from what you have previously used to raise your own pet dogs?
  • Are you willing to be part of our Puppy Raising program, working together with your Puppy Development Advisor and other staff at Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.
  • Can you communicate with team members in a timely fashion? Email is our primary means of communicating with our Puppy Raisers. Having access to email is preferable, but not essential to you partaking in the Program.
Yellow Guide Dog puppy sitting on the floor looking up playfully.

Ensuring the pup’s health and physical development

  • Monitor the pup’s health, and report any concerns to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT staff.
  • Administer preventative and prescription veterinary treatments as directed by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT staff, or an external veterinarian.
  • Ensure that the pup remains at a suitable and healthy weight and body condition as per advice from your Puppy Development Advisor.
  • Exercise and walk the pup regularly (this should typically be daily).
  • Establish good toileting, feeding, and sleeping routines.
Two yellow Guide Dog puppies

Ensuring the pup’s behavioural development

It is expected that you will:

  • Adhere to the concepts, techniques, and guidelines as established by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT regarding handling, training, and socialisation of pups.
  • Attend regular training sessions with the pup. These sessions are generally held on a weekly basis for the first 2 months, and then progress to fortnightly sessions.
  • Teach the pup basic dog skills (such as sit, walking nicely on lead, and body handling).
  • Teach the pup good house manners (such as staying off the furniture and counters), and social skills (such as greeting people politely and settling quietly).
  • Regularly socialise and expose the pup to a variety of environments and experiences in a positive manner, enabling the development of a confident, well-mannered Guide Dog.

Please note that failure to abide by these Puppy Raising / Temporary Carer Responsibilities may result in Guide Dogs NSW/ACT rehoming the pup.

Puppy Raiser holding a little yellow lab puppy that is soundly asleep in his arms

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Responsibilities

Throughout your experience as a puppy raiser, our responsibilities are to:

  • Treat all Puppy Raisers, Temporary Carers, Volunteers and the general public with respect and kindness at all times.
  • Treat all pups and dogs with respect and kindness, using current, up-to-date training methods, which evolve as new techniques arise.
  • Ensure the pup’s welfare is always first and foremost. Staff will provide suitable training advice for each individual pup, based on their comfort and capabilities, to ensure a positive learning experience for the pup.
  • Educate and teach Puppy Raisers the concepts, techniques, and guidelines as established by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT regarding handling, training, and socialisation of pups.
  • Monitor and oversee the pup’s ongoing health and development.
  • Provide veterinary treatment, including flea and tick, heartworm, and worming preventions, and cover the cost for reasonable external consultations or treatments, only at authorised Veterinary Clinics.
  • Provide Puppy Raisers with ongoing support throughout the Puppy Raising period, including regular training sessions, emails, and phone calls.
  • Notify Puppy Raisers when it is time for the pup to return for assessment and training.
  • Provide Puppy Raisers with updates about the progress of the pup in training.
  • Invite Puppy Raisers to graduation if the pup raised graduates into one of our Programs.
Yellow Labrador puppy sitting in a large Guide Dog harness

Policies

All Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Puppy Raisers and Temporary Carers must comply with the following policies:

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  • It will be reviewed by GD NSW/ACT puppy development team
  • Successful applicants will be contacted and invited to attend a puppy raising information session

Please note that as part of the application process, GDNSW/ACT will also conduct a house and yard inspection

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.

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

https://www.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.

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

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

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Please ensure you read and understand the requirements of becoming a Puppy Raiser before proceeding with your application.



Action Required (Region)

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be a Puppy Raiser.

Unfortunately you have been unsuccessful with your application. Our Guide Dogs NSW / ACT Puppy Raising program is only available in these regions at this time.



Action Required (Drivers Licence)

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be a Puppy Raiser.

To be a successful Puppy Raiser, you will need to be able to drive the pup to vet appointments especially in an emergency, meet your advisor at various locations for training and visit Guide Dogs Kew for puppy raising classes. Please reapply if your circumstances change.



Action Required (Children)

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be a Puppy Raiser.

To be a successful puppy raiser, we require all children in the household to be 5 or older, raising a Guide Dogs NSW / ACT pup for Guide Dog Training takes considerable time and attention which can be difficult whilst you're also caring for younger children. Please contact us again once your youngest child turns 5.

There are many ways you can help Guide Dogs NSW / ACT, please click the link to find out more. https://www.guidedogs.com.au/get-involved/donations/ (opens in new window) (opens in new window)

Although you don't meet the requirements to raise a Guide Dog NSW / ACT pup at this time, you may still be eligible to assist us in other volunteer roles, if this is of interest, please click here to continue your volunteer application.

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Action Required (Puppy Sleeping Inside)

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be a Puppy Raiser.

Guide Dog pups must sleep inside the house and have full time contact with people to forge the special bond required for Guide Dog training. Please confirm you agree to this.


Action Required (Puppy Socialising)

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be a Puppy Raiser.

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.


Action Required (Workplace Permission)

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be a Puppy Raiser.

To progress your application please reapply once you have workplace permission to have a Guide Dogs NSW / ACT pup. We are happy to assist you with your workplace application.


Action Required (Landlord Permission)

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be a Puppy Raiser.

To progress your application please reapply once you have landlord permission to have a Guide Dogs NSW/ACT pup. 


Action Required (Puppy Socialising)

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be a Puppy Raiser.

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


Action Required (Fencing)

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be a Puppy Raiser.

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



Action Required (Fencing)

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be a Puppy Raiser.

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



Action Required (Dog Requires Desexing)

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be a Puppy Raiser.

Thank you for taking the time to be a puppy raiser, at this time you do not meet the criteria to proceed with this application. For the purposes of our program your dog needs to be desexed, please reapply if your circumstances change.

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