The Guide and Assistance Dogs in the training programs need good homes whilst in training.
During the puppy stage (8 weeks – approximately 12 months of age), the pups live with volunteer Puppy Raisers, who teach them basic puppy obedience and prepare them for life as a working dog.
At about 12 months of age, the puppy will be ready for Formal Training. During this stage, the pup will move on to live with a volunteer Formal Boarder.
What is a Formal Boarder?
A Formal Boarder provides a loving home while the young adult dog is in formal training for a period of about 6-12 months.
Ideally, Formal Boarders live or work close to Guide Dogs WA in Victoria Park, or commute through Victoria Park, as the dog need to be dropped off to “school” every morning and picked up each afternoon.
This is an option that suits many full-time workers, as there is the potential to co-ordinate drop off and pick up times around work hours.
A Formal or Temporary Boarder takes on daily responsibilities, caring for the dog during the evening and over weekends.
Formal and Temporary Boarders are expected to follow all instruction provided by Trainers to maintain consistency and structure for the dog. Generally, these dogs lead a quieter life as they have a busy school week.
What is a Temporary Boarder?
As the name suggests, Temporary Boarders provide a short-term home on an adhoc basis, to cover holidays, illness or emergencies.
The basic responsibilities and expectations remain the same as for Formal Boarding.
What is a Remote Boarder?
Remote boarders provide a loving home to a dog who is in the early formal training stage. The dogs are working each weekday with their trainer and preparing for their role as a Guide Dog or an Autism Assistance Dog.
Remote boarders are a little different to the boarders who drop the dog at ‘school’ in Victoria Park each weekday. Remote boarders need to be at home most of their day, and the dog’s trainer will pick up the dog from your home for a training session for approximately 1-2 hours per day, Monday to Friday.
Like Formal and Temporary Boarders, Remote Boarders are expected to follow all instruction provided by Trainers to maintain consistency and structure for the dog. Generally, these dogs lead a quieter life as they have a busy school wee
NOTE: Remote boarding is only available in the Kalamunda area and the suburbs of Rockingham, Aubin Grove and Wellard.
What is Provided?
Guide Dogs WA provides everything the dog will need – including bedding, food, toys, collars, leads and veterinary costs.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, our small group, monthly Information Sessions have gone online. The January and February 2021 Information Sessions are scheduled for;
- Monday 8 February 2021 – 2.30pm for remote boarding in the Kalamunda and Rockingham areas.
- Monday 8 February 2021 – 5pm for boarders who are able to do the school drop off in Victoria Park each weekday.
To register your interest please fill in the application form below, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, telephone number and email address. You will be contacted via email with login details to join the online Zoom meeting.
These Information Sessions are a great opportunity to find out more about becoming a Formal Boarder or a Temporary Boarder, ask questions and understand the application process.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Formal or Temporary Boarder.
How to Apply to Become a Formal or Temporary Boarder
Please complete the form below and our Team will be in contact in due course.