Guide Dog Puppy Raising

Puppy Raising

Guide Dog Puppy Raising

What Is Puppy Raising?

Puppy Raising (and Formal & Temporary dog boarding) is part of our wider Guide Dog program that provides the very first homes for our future Guide, Autism Assistance or Therapy Dogs in training.

Volunteer Puppy Raisers welcome a young, 8-week old puppy into their home and foster them for the first 12-18 months of their life.

They work closely with our team of trainers to provide care and core basic training for the pups including:

  • Feeding & grooming
  • Toilet/housetraining
  • Veterinary check ups
  • Basic obedience skills (eg. sit, stay, down, come etc)
  • Exercise and socialisation with other dogs and animals (eg. cats, horses etc)
  • Expose the puppy to a variety of different environments and experiences (eg. into shops, restaurants or on public transport

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 16-18 months.
  • Volunteers are expected to attend periodic training and obedience classes with Guide Dogs WA trainers in central 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 and other public buildings.

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

We regularly hold information sessions for prospective Puppy Raisers and Formal Boarders. This is a great way to find out about the program and ask questions. The session is free and the upcoming schedule is:

  • Wednesday 22 January, 12.30pm – 2.00pm.
  • Wednesday 19 February, 12.30pm – 2.00pm.
  • Wednesday 18 March, 12.30pm – 2.00pm.
  • Wednesday 15 April, 12.30pm – 2.00pm.

We encourage you to register for a session,  which is held at Guide Dogs WA in Victoria Park. In the unlikely event we have to postpone or reschedule an Information Session, we will have your details and be able to contact you.

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