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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.