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, Bed & Breakfast and Temporary 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 facilities and in various locations.
  • 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 Video

Watch this short video to get a better idea of what puppy raising involves.

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