Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (GDF)
Guide Dog, Service Dog (Veterans), Facility Dog
Labs, Lab/Golden Crosses, Goldens, Standard Poodles
New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, DC Metro Area, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia
Must live near a puppy raising group. Experienced raisers may be able to raise remotely.
The organization provides:
Flea and Tick Preventatives
Starter Bag of Food
Raisers pay for:
Supplies & Financial
Basic obedience commands, Socialization, Loose leash walking, Potty training, Public access behavior, Self-control around distractions, Grooming
2 Videos with quizzes
3 classes minimum (each group has different requirements)
Home Visit and Interview
Some groups may require puppy sitting before raising
At least 2 classes a month - some groups may require more.
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.
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.
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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