Q: Do the guide dogs ever get to play?
Yes! When a guide dog is not working and out of harness, playing and relaxing is definitely encouraged. It's also a great way for a handler and guide to bond and strengthen their partnership.
Q: Is it okay for a pet dog to greet a guide dog?
Before you consider allowing your dog to greet a working guide dog, please understand the importance of asking permission first, so the handler can be prepared. Your dog should also be on leash and under control. Guide dogs are also not trained to be protection dogs they are busy safely guiding their partners when out in public.
Q: Are guide dogs allowed to go everywhere a person can go?
Yes. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a guide dog is allowed any place a person can go.
Q: How does GDB's Puppy Raising program work?
Our Puppy Raising program is made up of more than 2,000 puppy raising volunteer families in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Puppy raisers receive their guide dog puppy at approximately eight weeks old, and the pup will return to one of our campuses for formal training between 15 and 17 months old. Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching their puppies good manners and basic obedience. Puppy raisers can have other pets in their home and if you are not able to commit to raising a puppy full time, there are still other ways to get involved with your local puppy club, such as puppy sitting. And, GDB's puppy raising program complements many FFA, 4H, home schooling, high school, and college programs.
Q: How old do I have to be to raise a puppy?
Because it takes a level of maturity, discipline, and commitment to work with a guide dog, the majority of our students are 18 and older, but there is no age requirement.
Q: What costs are covered for GDB's Puppy Raising program?
GDB's provides equipment, dog transportation, training, support, and basic veterinary care.