Our Puppy Development Program involves caring for a potential Guide Dog, Autism Assistance Dog or Therapy Dog from around eight weeks of age until he or she returns to us, at around 18 months. Without the commitment and contribution of Puppy Development Volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to train the incredible dogs who provide essential assistance and independence for so many Tasmanians living with disability.
When you raise a puppy, you’ll receive ongoing support and instructions with monthly group training sessions and individual walks with Guide Dog staff.
The primary goal of the Puppy Development Program is to produce well-socialised, temperamentally and physically sound young dogs to be assessed and, those suitable, trained as Guide or Assistance Dogs for Tasmanians living with disability.
Puppy Raisers assist Guide Dogs Tasmania in the rearing of a well behaved and socialised puppy that can then enter formal training at a suitable age of development.
Other Puppy Development Program roles
Boarders provide temporary care to pups and older dogs on our program.
Bed & Breakfast Boarders
Bed & Breakfast Boarders provide care and downtime for Guide Dogs in training when they are not required in the training program (mostly overnight and on weekends). Dogs will need to be dropped into the office each week day.
Meet Puppy Raiser, Varcha
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“I’d really recommend Puppy Raising. It’s changed our lives, literally… We find ourselves part of a community, the support we get from the mentors and staff is amazing, and we’ve got friends we never would have met otherwise.”
Varcha, Puppy Raiser
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