Volunteer Puppy Raiser

As a Puppy Raiser you will be providing a puppy with a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog. This is a full-time volunteering opportunity as a puppy will live with you in your home for around 12-16 months. You will raise and help train the puppy providing it with basic skills and experiences. You must be over 18 to apply, however having children under 18 will not exclude you from becoming a Puppy Raiser.
Duration: Ongoing
Start date: 1st April 2022
End date: 1st April 2023
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly, Quarterly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

What You’ll Be Doing:
• Raise and help prepare a puppy to become a guide dog by following Guide Dogs Puppy Raising for Excellent Partnerships (PREP) programme.
• Using our guidelines to care for your puppy e.g., providing sufficient exercise.
• Familiarising a puppy to a wide range of environments.
• Teaching a puppy to be alone by gradually building up from a few minutes to a maximum of 4 hours.
• Attending regular puppy classes.
• Meeting regularly with Guide Dogs representatives to discuss your pup’s development.
• Completing regular on-line questionnaires to help us monitor puppy progress.
• In the event of an emergency, ensuring the dog receives veterinary care and Guide Dogs is informed immediately.

Requirements: Own vehicle required, Driving license
Skill and Qualifications Required:

Ideally you will:
• Have time to invest in raising a puppy.
• Be physically able to handle large breed dogs (around 25-40kg).
• Have your own car or access to a car.
• Have your own home or written permission to have a dog in the home.
• Have access to a secure area where the puppy could go to the toilet during the day.
• Be able to access online content and training materials (you will need your own email address).
If you don’t feel you tick every box but are keen to get involved, please contact us for a chat. We are open to suggestions where possible or may be able to suggest an alternative position.

Areas of Interest: Animals, Disability
Opportunity suitable for: Home, Indoor, Long term commitment, Older people, 18 and over
What activities will the volunteer do? Driving, Outdoors
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Outdoor work, Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? Yes
DBS Check Required: No

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Guide Dogs
Organisation Profile: Guide Dogs is a charity which provides a wide range of services to support blind and partially sighted children and adults. We’re here to help people with sight loss live the life they choose. Children and adults. Friends and family. Whoever you are, our expert staff, volunteers and life-changing dogs are here to help you: live actively, live independently, live well. Every six minutes in the UK, approximately one more person loses their sight. Every day, 250 more people join the two million people already living with sight loss. And this number is set to double by 2050. On a daily basis our work transforms the lives of many people, helping them to lead lives of independence and freedom and we wouldn’t be able to do this without the support and dedication of our incredible volunteers who give their time in a large number of different roles.
Charity number: 209617