Person walking with labrador dog in harness with two people looking on

Puppy Raising

Person walking with labrador dog in harness with two people looking on

Raise a Puppy Change a Life

Puppy Raisers provide the very first homes for future Guide Dogs, and Autism Assistance Dogs.

Working closely with our trainer, Puppy Raisers welcome an 8 week old puppy into their home and with support, spend about 12-14 months introducing the puppy to the environments and experiences they will encounter as a working dog. They will teach the young pup basic obedience and socialisation.

For people with less available time, Formal and Temporary dog boarding is an alternative option to consider.  

How Does Puppy Raising Work?

  • Puppies are placed in a home at approximately 8-10 weeks of age and stay until they move on to their formal training at around 12-14 months of age.
  • Puppy Raisers are expected to attend periodic training and obedience classes with Guide Dogs WA trainers at Guide Dogs WA in Victoria Park and in various locations around Perth.
  • Regular home visits are scheduled with our trainers to check on the puppy’s progress and assist with any queries or concerns.
  • Once a reliable toileting routine has been established, Puppy Raisers are encouraged to take the puppy with them into shops, restaurants, on public transport and everywhere they go. 
Guide Dog staff member with yellow labrador

Are Food, Vet Costs and Toys Paid For?

Guide Dogs WA provides everything the puppy will need – including bedding, food, toys, collars, leads and veterinary costs. Cottesloe Vet provide most of the veterinary care for our pups in training.

Information Sessions

Due to the COVID-19 virus, our small group Information Sessions have gone online.  The next scheduled information sessions are on;

  • Wednesday 7 July 2021, 1:30pm-3pm.

To register your interest you can fill in the application form below, or email us at:, with your name, telephone number and email address.  You will be contacted via email with login details to join the online meeting. 

These Information Sessions are a great opportunity to find out more about Puppy Raising, ask questions and understand the application process.

Changing Lives

Image of Guide Dog Autumn with handler Tara

How one special Guide Dog has changed lives

Guide Dog Autumn has given the gift of independence to Tara. “When I lost my sight, I was very trapped in our home, but Autumn has given me back some of my freedom that I’d lost.”

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