Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (GDF)

Guide Dog, Service Dog (Veterans), Facility Dog

Labs, Lab/Golden Crosses, Goldens, Standard Poodles

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (GDF)

New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, DC Metro Area, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia

Current Locations

Must live near a puppy raising group. Experienced raisers may be able to raise remotely.

Restrictions

The organization provides:

  • Vet Costs

  • Flea and Tick Preventatives

  • Heartworm Preventatives

  • Crate

  • Leash

  • Collar

  • Head Collar 

  • Brush 

  • Bowl

  • Ear Cleaner

  • Treat Pouch

  • Starter Bag of Food


Raisers pay for:

  • Food

  • Toys

  • Poop Bags

Supplies & Financial 

Assistance

Basic Skills: 

Basic obedience commands, Socialization, Loose leash walking, Potty training, Public access behavior, Self-control around distractions, Grooming


Advanced Cues:

Advanced obedience

Training Responsibilities

  • Online Application

  • 2 Videos with quizzes

  • 3 classes minimum (each group has different requirements)

  • Formal Application

  • Home Visit and Interview

  • Some groups may require puppy sitting before raising

Process

At least 2 classes a month - some groups may require more. 

Time Commitment

Puppy raisers either transport their dogs to HQ or meet a transport van to send their dogs "In For Training". 


Raisers get training updates multiple times a month while the dog is IFT.

Matriculation

Puppy Raisers are invited to a phone call with their dog's handler a few days before they are set to graduate. 


Pre-pandemic GDF offered in-person graduation for teams, puppy raisers, and sponsors at HQ. However, there is currently no plan to resume this in person or virtually.


Graduates choose whether they would like to stay in contact with raisers and are given their contact information 3 months after graduation.  

Graduation

Guide Dog Foundation's sister organization is America's VetDogs. Dogs can be dually placed as a guide dog with service dogs skills for a veteran or first responder. 

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