Puppy Raiser volunteers teach a pup basic obedience skills from the time it is 8 weeks of age to approximately 18 months of age. Volunteers prepare the puppy for advanced training. Raisers have the unique opportunity of beginning a future guide dog's training in their home and teaching the puppy to acclimate to different environments such as stores, restaurants, and workplaces. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, live within a 2-hour radius of San Antonio, and be available to be with the dog the majority of the day.
It is ok for puppy raisers to have other animals in their home as socialization is an integral component of raising the puppies. This is a very rewarding opportunity in which the volunteer can watch their puppy grow and learn and may culminate in the puppy's graduation to becoming a full-service guide dog.
All volunteers receive on-going training and support from the GDTX staff. For more information please contact Susana Dias, Volunteer Coordinator at (210) 366-4081 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commitment: 12 - 18 months; flexible and able to be with the dog the majority of the day. It is preferable if raisers live within a 2-hour radius of San Antonio, Texas.