Puppy Raising FAQ

Q: Where does Guide Dogs of America get its dogs?
Q: Can you be a Puppy Raiser if your employer will not allow you to have the dog at work?
Q: Can you be a Puppy Raiser if you live in an apartment?
Q: Can I have other pets at home?
Q: How long will I have to wait to get a puppy?
Q: What expenses does the Puppy Raiser pay?
Q: How often are puppies evaluated?
Q: How do Puppy Raisers know when to bring their puppies in for shots and what shots they need?
Q: Do we make the appointments for check-ups, shots and procedures or does the Puppy Department?
Q: What should a Puppy Raiser do if the puppy has a medical emergency?
Q: Can I get another puppy right away?
Q: What happens if the puppy/dog is cut from the guide dog program?

Q: Where does Guide Dogs of America get its dogs?
A: We get our dogs through our own Breeding Program.

Q: Can you be a Puppy Raiser if your employer will not allow you to have the dog at work?
A: It is vital to our program that guide dog puppies are actively involved in day to day activities. Anyone who is working full time away from the house may wish to consider other volunteer opportunities with us. Part-time workers are always considered. Most employers will now allow Puppy Raisers to take the puppy to work with them. Our Puppy Department can help and give you suggestions in approaching your employer. Many future guide dogs are raised in office environments and schools. People who work from home are always very welcome!

Q: Can you be a Puppy Raiser if you live in an apartment?
A: Yes. While it is easier for you to Puppy Raise if you have a backyard and house, puppy raisers are not limited to people who live in houses. The experience of living in an apartment helps in socializing a puppy so it is comfortable in an apartment setting.

Q: Can I have other pets at home?
A: Yes! It is good for the puppies to be raised around other animals, including cats. Children are also a benefit for socializing the puppies.

Q: How long will I have to wait to get a puppy?
A: The time varies depending on how many puppies we have available and if you are waiting for a specific breed and/or gender.

Q: What expenses does the Puppy Raiser pay?
A: Guide Dogs of America covers the cost of all authorized veterinary care for the puppy. This is done on a reimbursement basis. The Puppy Raiser pays for food, toys as well as the required obedience classes.

Q: How often are puppies evaluated?
A: On average, our puppies are evaluated twice while in the puppy raisers home. When you attend puppy raiser classes, the Puppy Department will advise you of any problems they see and give suggestions on how to work through the problem. If you are ever concerned about the puppy’s behavior, contact the Puppy Department.

Q: How do Puppy Raisers know when to bring their puppies in for shots and which shots they need?
A: When the Puppy Raiser first picks up their puppy to raise he or she will receive a Vaccination Schedule of what shots are to be given and when they are due. Puppy Raisers are required to follow this schedule.

Q: Do we make the appointments for check-ups, shots and procedures or does the Puppy Department?
A: Vaccines are available 6 days a week at Guide Dogs of America. Any other medical needs should be made by appointment with our Veterinary Department. 818-833-6471 or 818-833-6472.

Q: What should a Puppy Raiser do if the puppy has a medical emergency?
A: If you have an emergency with your puppy contact Guide Dogs of America at 818-362-5834.

Q: Can I get another puppy right away?
A: Yes! Some Puppy Raisers prefer to get their new puppy right before their first one is ready to come In-For-Training.

Q: What happens if the puppy/dog is released from the guide dog program?
A: The Puppy Raiser is given the first option to adopt the “Career Change” puppy. If your puppy has been sponsored the sponsor may have requested second right to adopt. If the Puppy Raiser or the sponsor does not wish to adopt the puppy, then the puppy is offered to individuals who have applied to adopt a dog from Guide Dogs of America.

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