Most people don’t have a clue what socializing a dog means. But it’s actually quite simple. It involves teaching dogs to get comfortable in any environment, especially around humans of all ages. Now, this might seem trivial, but it’s really important, especially when you want a dog to behave in public, whether it’s at a store or on the streets. But it also benefits dogs who are training to be service animals. So, the Guide Dog Foundation is offering people the chance to raise their puppies. In return, you can feel good knowing that what you teach them will help people with disabilities lead better lives.
The Puppy Program wants you especially if you’re living on the East Coast and love dogs.
There’s a puppy raising program that wants your help today. You take an 8-week-old puppy and care for its fluffy cuteness for the next 14 to 18 months. With your tender loving care, your puppy will be ready for the next phase of his life, the certified training program.
Your mission as a puppy raiser is actually the simplest and the cutest thing you’ll ever do.
You take your puppy everywhere you go because service dogs need to be comfortable in any situation that involves human interaction. So, you’ll have to show it off everywhere, including malls, bus stops, schools, parties, and restaurants.
While being a puppy parent is fun and all, your role is much more important than you realized.
You can cuddle and play with them all you want. But remember, you also have to take on the role of a teacher. As a raiser, you’ll need to teach them basic commands of obedience, and attend classes at the foundation twice a month.
Being a puppy raiser may be the greatest job, but like all good things, this too must come to an end.
Eventually, you’ll have to give your pooch up to the Guide Dog Foundation. Don’t worry. You’ll still get monthly reports on their progress, and once their training is complete, you’re allowed to attend their graduation and meet the person they’ll be paired with.
We know it’s tough saying goodbye, but your mission as a puppy raiser isn’t necessarily over for you.
The Guide Dog Foundation is cool with repeat raisers. Besides, they have lots of puppies begging for guidance. So, fill out an application. Once you get interviewed and accepted, you’ll be on your way to making the world a better place for disabled people.