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Changing the life of a visually impaired person one puppy at a time. Not only do we see the ability in every puppy, we strive to support and encourage each puppy and its raiser so they can develop to their fullest potential. It is the goal of Lone Star Guide Dog Raisers to produce working guide dogs by planning and organizing stimulating social events for both puppies and raisers, engaging training sessions and informative workshops. We pledge to accomplish our goals with hard work and integrity utilizing creativity and partnership.
Lone Star Guide Dog Raisers consists of experienced and dedicated individuals who are committed to raising, training and socializing specially bred pups from Guide Dogs for the Blind. We are volunteers from a variety of backgrounds coming together to prepare our puppies for formal training in anticipation of becoming guide dogs.WHAT TO EXPECT:
You'll receive your puppy at approximately 8 weeks old, and it will return for formal training between 13 and 15 months old. Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching their puppies good manners and basic obedience. You can have other pets in your home and if you are not able to commit to raising a puppy fulltime, there are still other ways to get involved with your local puppy club, such as puppy sitting. And, GDB's puppy raising program complements many FFA, 4H, home schooling, high school and college programs. All ages can participate in puppy raising, however, primary puppy raisers must be at least 9 years of age.GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT:
Puppy raisers receive continuous support and guidance. They typically join local puppy raising clubs, where they gather with other GDB puppy raisers to share ideas and information, work on puppy training techniques, and participate in socialization outings. If a raiser's puppy graduates as a guide dog, the raiser is invited to attend the graduation ceremony and formally present the dog they raised to their new partner.
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