The Seeing Eye
Lab/Golden Crosses, Goldens, Labs, German Shepherds
Assistance Dogs International, International Guide Dog Federation
The organization provides:
Raisers pay for:
Supplies & Financial
Basic obedience commands, Socialization, Potty training, Public access behavior, Grooming
Commands near distractions, Self-control around distractions, Socialization
Attend club meetings
Speak with area coordinator
Speak with club leader
Puppy sit for a week
Process may differ for college clubs.
Biweekly meetings for club (each club varies on location, day, and time).
Clubs will host between 1-3 socialization outings per month for all members to attend, these are usually held on weekends.
This occurs when the dogs go back on campus. Age of return to campus for formal training is about 14-16 months old right now.
Chain Martingale (if needed)
Training Collar/Chain Slip Collar (if needed)
Gentle Leaders or Figure 8s (if needed)
All tools will be gives by the area coordinator and should not be used without permission.
Some tools may be used in only some situations, for example, a martingale might only be used on club outings or in club meetings as there are a lot of dogs around but might not be needed when working alone.
TSE will provide all tools to the puppy raiser and fit accordingly.
There is a manual on the raisers portal that all raisers have access to.
Guidance also comes from club meetings, one on ones with an area coordinator or club leader, or from a communication from puppy program management.
Area coordinators will pick up the dog at the raiser's house and bring the dog to campus for formal training.
Raisers get updates every 1.5-2 months.
Raisers are invited to a “town walk” where the raiser can see the dog working in harness from a distance. At the townwalk, Puppy Raisers get to speak with the dog’s trainer for about 30 minutes after the walk. They'll tell you where the dog is with their training, explain details about the information shared in letters home, tell you about their kennel life, who they see fit for the dog, etc.
Raisers are invited to Family Day. A day every august that TSE brings all puppy raisers to campus and celebrates them. There is lunch provided, awards given, demonstrations by trainers given, graduate talks, additional lectures, kennel/campus tours, and more. Raisers also get to talk to trainers and all staff at family day. Raisers will often get to see their pup's trainer and can speak with them. Raisers may also see their dog doing a demo or in the kennels.
Graduates and Raisers are not connected.
TSE raisers do not use food reward in their training.
The Seeing Eye has a scholarship opportunity for high school puppy raisers
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