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Puppy Raisers Needed in Annapolis/Kent Island areas in Maryland!

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ORGANIZATION: Guide Dog Foundation & America's VetDogs

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 60 people are interested
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Puppy raisers play a vital role in the development of these future assistance dogs: they spend countless hours caring for, teaching, and socializing the pups. They are responsible for socializing their future guide dog puppy and are encouraged to provide common day-to-day socializing opportunities and exposure to new and diverse surroundings. A well-socialized puppy will have fewer adjustments to make when it comes back to the Foundation for formal training.

The puppy raiser is also required to teach the puppy basic obedience, such as how to walk on a leash, sit and stay, down, and to come when called. They are responsible to take their puppy to basic obedience classes held bi-monthly. The classes allow the puppy to interact with other dogs and gives the puppy raiser the opportunity to speak with other raisers.
When the dog is at the 14- to 18-month age range, it returns to the Foundation so it can move ahead with its formal training and begin its new life-changing career as a guide or service dog for someone with disabilities.

Formal training takes about three to six months, depending on the incoming client it's being matched with. While the dog is in for training, the puppy raiser will receive monthly updates and a photo to show its progression within our program. Once the dog is placed with a handler who is blind or has low vision, the puppy raiser will be able to have a phone call with the handler.

Prospective puppy raisers are interviewed by a Puppy Department staff member. Once accepted, orientation, training manuals, videos, classes, and staff assistance are provided.

How do I become a puppy raiser? Please call 631-930-9060 or apply online:
https://www.guidedog.org/puppyraiserapplication#vaff

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About Guide Dog Foundation & America's VetDogs

Location:

371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787, US

Mission Statement

To improve the quality of life of people who are blind, visually impaired, or who have other special needs.

Description

Guide Dog Foundation strives to be the leading resource and provider of premier services to facilitate the independence of people who are blind or visually impaired. The Guide Dog Foundation also plans to be the standard by which the military and the VA measure assistance dog providers, and America's VetDogs (VetDogs) is our way of recognizing the sacrifice made by our men and women in uniform.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Veterans & Military Families
Animals, Veterans & Military Families

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Meetings in Annapolis and Kent IslandStevensville, MD 21666

(38.98067,-76.3144)
 

SKILLS

  • Mental Health
  • Project Management
  • Veteran Care
  • Animal Therapy
  • Community Outreach
  • Fundraising

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • bi-monthly meetings in Annapolis or Kent Island
  • Please respond with contact phone number.

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