Black lab pup in yellow vest walking in the grass.

Puppy Raiser Information Page

Your job as a puppy raiser is to nurture and raise a puppy to become a guide dog, service dog, or part of our breeding colony.  Our department’s mission is to give you up-to-date information, supplies, and support that is needed to give every puppy the opportunity to reach their full potential.  Thank you so much for all that you do for the Guide Dog Foundation.

Each puppy is different and we know that as a puppy raiser you grow to love the puppy you welcomed into your life.  With your love and care and the training and support of our staff we know that we can help each puppy raiser and puppy successfully take on this endeavor.

As part of our manual we provide videos that can be viewed on our YouTube channel; look for the “Puppy Raiser Training Series” playlist).  While every puppy is different and might need a different approach, we feel these videos offer training and insight that is easily accessible to all our puppy raisers throughout the country.

We appreciate your commitment to serving alongside the Guide Dog Foundation.

Raiser/Student Communications

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Disclaimer: *Successfully attending and completing the Guide Dog Foundation puppy raising program does not signify that the attendee is a service/assistance dog trainer or qualified to train and/or place service/assistance dogs.
Assistance Dogs International has specific standards that an individual must meet in order to be an assistance dog trainer – and taking part in this class does not meet these requirements.*

Who We Serve


Guide and Service Dog Training