We are looking for homes to raise puppies who will learn to guide someone who is blind or visually impaired. Puppy raisers are responsible for housebreaking the puppy and teaching good manners like staying off the furniture, not jumping on counters or visitors and not begging at the table. They also practice basic obedience commands with the puppy such as sit, down, stay, heel and come. To prepare puppies for their lives as guide dogs, puppy raisers socialize the puppies through exposure to many different kinds of people, vehicles, environments and animals.
The primary raiser must be at least 18 years old and will bear the legal responsibility for the puppy. However, families can choose how to divide the responsibilities of caring and training the puppy among family members, to allow children to participate in this rewarding experience!
Our mission is empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel.
Founded by three Detroit area Lions Clubs members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind provides dog guides to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Each year, over 200 clients attend our residential training program to be paired with a dog guide. This is a life-changing event that opens the doors to independence, safety and self-worth for many of our students.
In addition to our dog guide program, we offer programs that enhance a person's independence and quality of life in other ways, including orientation and mobility training, GPS training, and seminars for Orientation and Mobility professionals. Currently, Leader Dog is the only facility in the Western Hemisphere to teach Deaf-blind students to work with a dog guide.
Thanks to generous donations from our supporters, our dog guide services are provided free of charge, including room and board and travel to and from our campus in Rochester Hills, Michigan, for clients.
Leader Dog is recognized as a "Best In America" Charity by the Independent Charities of America (ICA).
Advocacy & Human Rights
People with Disabilities
We'll work with your schedule.
1039 S. Rochester RoadRochester, MI48307
November 16, 2020
Teaching / Instruction
Animal Care / Handling
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
Puppies live with raiser for approximately 12 months and require a moderate amount of brisk exercise every day.
Raisers are responsible for food, crate, routine vet care (Leader Dog does provide vet care if raisers are able to travel to campus), replacement toys, replacement collars, and travel expenses to and from campus to pick up and drop off the puppy.