Requirements and Application

Photograph of a Puppy Raiser with a Golden puppy.Requirements: We have various types of Puppy Raisers: individuals, families, living in houses, apartments, condos townhouses. The primary qualification is someone that has time to properly and fully socialize the puppy as is needed.

You must have a reliable car and be willing to drive to Guide Dogs of America as needed.

Be able to attend area meetings.

Must be able to sit on the floor with the puppy. Bend, stoop and carry 35 pounds.

Puppy must be allowed to sleep in a crate in the bedroom.

Teach good house manners.

Be able to attend basic obedience classes.

Raisers must live in Southern California (Sylmar, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay, Orange County, Westside Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura or San Luis Obispo), Washington state (Vancouver or Seattle area), Montana (close to Missoula) or Colorado (close to Canon City).

Application: If you are interested in becoming a Puppy Raiser for Guide dogs of America, fill out a Puppy Raisers application.

One of our staff members from the Puppy Department will then contact you to schedule a home interview to discuss the Puppy Raising Program in detail and to answer any questions you may have.

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