OPP OF THE DAY: Puppy Raiser, Guide Dogs

You will be providing a puppy with a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog. This is a full-time volunteering opportunity as a puppy will live with you in your home for around 12-16 months. “It’s so rewarding to know that the dog will go on to help people with sight loss gain independence and freedom.” – Chris, Puppy Raiser Becoming a puppy raiser is a role unique to Guide Dogs. It’s time intensive and suits homes where individuals, couples or family members can ensure that one of our precious puppies is looked after 24/7 – from 8 weeks old for around 14 months, so they have the necessary skills to become a future guide dog. It’s a challenging role but the sense of accomplishment is indescribable. In this role, individuals or households will ‘guide’ their puppy throughout their formative years, so they’re generally trained and well socialised – at home, outside, and in various situations – so they can learn and adapt to different environments.

Where:

The puppy will live with you in your home from around 8 weeks old to around 14 months.

When:

It’s time intensive and suits homes where individuals, couples or family members can ensure that one of our precious puppies is looked after 24/7.

Commitment/duration:

The puppy will live with you in your home from around 8 weeks old to around 14 months.

Expenses:

Volunteering for Guide Dogs should never leave you out of pocket. We’ll make sure we pay any expenses related to your volunteering with us in line with our policy.

Skills:
Ideally the volunteer will:

  • Be able to handle large breed dogs (around 25-40kg)
  • Have access to a car on a weekly basis for training and vet visits
  • Have your own home or written permission to have a dog in the home
  • Have access to a secure area where the puppy could go to the toilet during the day, especially first thing in the morning and last thing at night
  • Be able to access online content and training materials (you will need your own email address

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:
Sarah King
Email: Sarah.King@guidedogs.org.uk