Just like us, our puppies go through phases in life. On this page you'll find the young pups who are with our club starting their training, those who are in formal harness training, the graduates we are so proud of, and the dogs who have gone on to become beloved pets and family members.
Raisers receive the puppies when they are between 8 and 12 weeks of age. Puppies are taught basic obedience, good manners and are introduced to a variety of social situations. Most of all raisers provide lots of love.
Puppies In-Guide Work Training
The puppies go back to Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. at about 14 - 18 months of age for their formal guidework training. They spend 4 - 6 months in advanced training. There are 10 phases in their training. For an explanation of the phases click here. The puppies will learn to safely lead visually impaired partners. They are then paired with their new partners and train together for up to a month learning to work together.
After 4 - 6 months of intense harness training and stringent physical exams these former pups are now carefully matched with a visually impaired partner. The newly formed teams will train together for 2 - 4 weeks at a Guide Dog for the Blind campus. Graduations are held for the new teams with puppy raisers given the privilege of formally presenting their pup to his/her new partner.
Other graduates without photos:
Lejeune - Raised by Pam & Shane
Lucerne with Handler Leonard - Raised by Carol & Dave
Naoka - Raised by Bo & Chelsie
Nautilus with Handler Sharon - Raised by Tawna, Ken, Taylor, Alex, Morgan, & Maverick
Playa with HandlerEd - Raised by Carol & Dave
“Career change” dogs are those dogs released from the Guide Dogs for the Blind program for a variety of reasons. They usually become loving pets or companions. Some career change dogs go on to alternate careers such as obedience work, search and rescue, agility, hearing dog or service dog training, tracking, or pet therapy. If you are interested in adopting a career change puppy, please visit the Guide Dogs for the Blind placement page