What is Guide Dog Puppy Raising?
WHAT IS GUIDE DOG PUPPY RAISING?
When our Guide Dog puppies reach eight weeks of age, they are placed in the loving home environments of their volunteer Puppy Raisers. These Puppy Raisers can be individuals, couples or families that are willing to socialise, exercise and teach the puppy basic obedience for 12 months, with the assistance and support of a Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Puppy Development Advisor. Previous dog experience is not essential but willingness to rub puppy bellies is preferred!
Once the pup has reached 12-14 months of age, they then return to the Guide Dogs Training Centre in Glossodia where they begin the next phase of training to become a life-changing Guide Dog.
WHAT WE PROVIDE TO PUPPY RAISERS
During the 12 month Puppy Raising process, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT ensure that Puppy Raisers receive:
- All essential equipment such as collars, leashes, grooming equipment and food bowls
- Education around concepts, techniques and guidelines around handling, training and socialising the pups
- Covered costs for food, veterinary costs and preventive medicine costs including flea and tick, heartworm and worming preventions
- Education Sessions and access to "Puppy Central", our online resource centre for Puppy Raisers
- Regular visits from our Puppy Development Team and regular Training Sessions
- Access to our Private Facebook Group and exclusive Puppy Central website for Puppy Raisers to connect with other Puppy Raisers in your area
WHO CAN APPLY TO BE A PUPPY RAISER?
A good Puppy Raiser is someone who is caring, patient, responsible and crazy about dogs! Before applying to be a Puppy Raiser, we ensure that approved Puppy Raisers fit the following criteria:
- Lives in the Sydney area
- Be home for most of the day and not leave the pup unsupervised for more than 4 hours at a time
- Willing to walk pup daily
- Willing to allow pup to sleep and spend time indoors
- Have a yard with dog proof fencing
- Have access to a car to transport the pup
- Be available to attend Education and Training Sessions
- If the Puppy Raiser has other pets, these pets must be "dog friendly" and willing to have a new puppy pal!
See our Key Components of Puppy Raising page for the full list of Puppy Raiser Assesment Questions
HOW DO I APPLY TO BE A PUPPY RAISER?
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has an online application form or alternatively you can call us on 02 4579 7555 to discuss any Puppy Raiser questions.
Once your application as been submitted online, it will be reviewed by the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Puppy Development Team and successful applicants will be contacted and invited to attend a Puppy Raising Information Session. Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will also conduct a House and Yard Inspection and ensure that the Puppy Raiser fit our required criteria before placing our Guide Dog pups into homes.
WHAT IF I CAN'T COMMIT TO 12 MONTHS?
We know that a 12 month commitment isn't possible for everyone. You can still help us by registering as a Temporary Carer. These 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.