What is puppy raising?
Puppy raising is a foster program for young Guide Dogs. It provides the puppy with the opportunity to grow up in a home environment and be well socialised.
A puppy raiser cares for a puppy in his or her own home and provides all the attention it needs. This includes feeding, grooming, exercising, house training and teaching some simple obedience. The puppy raiser is also required to take the pup for regular vet check ups. A puppy raiser also socialises the puppy to the different types of environments and experiences it may encounter as a Guide Dog.
Selecting Puppy Raisers
When we choose puppy raisers, we ask that they meet a number of criteria, so we can ensure that our puppies are well cared for and have the best chance of meeting the high standards we required for Guide Dogs. Applicants who meet the above criteria would be assessed further by the Association’s Guide Dog Instructor before being accepted for the puppy-walking program. When the puppy is about 12 months old, it is assessed for its suitability for training as a Guide Dog. For the successful dogs, a rigorous and intensive five month training program commences. The puppies are Labradors.
Would you like to apply?
If you would like to apply to be a Puppy Raiser, please contact the Association on (08) 9311 8202 or
Overview for Puppy Raisers