Puppy Raising

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Help GDA Make Teams Come True!

In two years, someone we haven’t met yet will sit anxiously in their dorm room, waiting for a trainer to walk in with a highly trained guide dog picked especially for them.  In two years, someone we haven’t met yet … Read more

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Can I Raise a Guide Dog Puppy?

My goal was unique – I wanted to be a Guide Dogs of America puppy raiser!  If you ask the average 7 year old what they want to be when they grow up you’ll probably get a variety of answers. … Read more

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Transit Day for Guide Dog Pups!

Puppies trained to become guide dogs practice public transit etiquette in Central Park Puppy raisers from the Sylmar puppy raising group recently had the unique opportunity to expose their foster puppies-in-training to three different busses, and they had the busses … Read more

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Guidance Counseling!

Whole Dog Journal is a national publication targeting pet owners and dog sport enthusiasts.  Our Puppy Department coordinator, Stephanie, has been a long-time contributor, and was asked to write an article about how GDA socializes its puppies, and what pet … Read more

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Puppy Fever!

We know puppy raising is addicting, and Sylmar area leaders Bob and Pam English are definitely hooked!  They’ve been raising puppies with Guide Dogs of America since 1987, and on Friday, April 13, they welcomed their 31st puppy into their … Read more