Basic Requirements of Puppy Raisers

All puppy raisers are required to:

  • Ability to follow instruction, pay attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently in a structured environment
  • Ability to work with others in a group setting
  • Physically capable of bending and standing for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time, lifting and carrying 20 lbs.
  • Physically capable of safely leash-walking a puppy and an adult dog
  • Comfortable with large breed dogs.  
  • Be approved by the Guide Dog Foundation puppy program staff members.
  • Agree to abide by all instructions, guidelines, and procedures given by all Guide Dog Foundation staff, area coordinators, and group leaders provided written or by other means.
  • Undergo a home visit by a Guide Dog Foundation staff member or approved volunteer.
  • Use Guide Dog Foundation approved training, care, and management techniques when working with all Guide Dog Foundation dogs and puppies.
  • Raise the puppy inside as a house dog.
  • Provide an environment free of dogs with history of aggression.
  • Provide direct supervision when the puppy is with other dogs. 
  • Provide a safe, enclosed area for free running, play, and exercise.
  • Provide a hard, dry surface for your puppy to regularly relieve themselves at least every 4-5 hours during the daytime until they are six months of age. After six months of age they can be relieved every 5-6 hours.
  • Provide appropriate food and grooming as directed by the Guide Dog Foundation.
  • Maintain your puppy at a healthy weight as directed by the Guide Dog Foundation.
  • Administer heartworm prevention, flea control, and any additional medications provided by the Guide Dog Foundation for your puppy.
  • Keep the puppy healthy, up to date on vaccinations, and report any health issues to your area coordinator or advisor. 
  • Leave the puppy in a safe, harm-free environment that is inside the house. 
  • Attend and participate in required monthly classes, meetings, and outings.
  • Report any behavioral, physical, or health related issues or problems to your advisor or area coordinator. 
  • Complete behavior reports, C-BARQ reports, and any other data needed by the Guide Dog Foundation in a timely manner.
  • Communicate openly and promptly with your advisor or area coordinator via phone calls, emails, text messaging, and/or in person.