Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
We are looking for special families to open their hearts and homes and join our family of puppy raisers.
Puppy raisers play a vital role in the development of future assistance dogs: they spend time 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 responsibility 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 talk to other puppy 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 photos 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 invited to attend a Foundation graduation ceremony where they can see the dog they raised and meet the dog’s new handler.
Please apply online https://www.guidedog.org/puppyraiserapplication#vaff You can also call 631-930-9060 to talk to our staff to learn more.