Skip Sidebar
Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs

Non-profit or charity

About

We are Guide Dogs. And we’re here to help people with sight loss live the life they choose. Over the years we’ve developed a wide range of services with and without dogs to support people living with ...

Animal welfareCommunity & familyHealth
Share
Guide Dogs - Puppy Raiser

Guide Dogs - Puppy Raiser

Organisation role · Flexible hours
PH11 8AH, Blairgowrie and Rattray, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, United Kingdom
TrainingOutdoorsAnimal careWalk the dog
Animal welfareCommunity & familyHealth
Share Activity
Guide Dogs
#77965
Scan me or visit www.bethechangepk.org.uk/o/Guide-Dogs2/activities/Guide-Dogs---Puppy-Raiser/77965 to join

Contact person

Summary

This is a full-time volunteering opportunity as a puppy will live with you in your home for around 12-16 months

Detailed description

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. It should be noted that although it is possible for another Puppy Raiser to look after a dog on your behalf for short periods of time that this may not always be possible. Consideration should be given to your future plans such as holidays abroad. “It’s so rewarding to know that the dog will go on to help people with sight loss gain independence and freedom.” – Chris, Puppy Raiser.

We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. In this role your support will include: -

• Developing, caring, and providing for the needs of one of our puppies using Positive Reinforcement Techniques and following Guide Dogs Puppy Raising for Excellent Partnerships (PREP) programme

• Familiarising a puppy to a wide range of environments including shops and outdoor off lead exercise areas in all climates and seasons.

• Teaching a puppy, it is ok to be left alone by gradually building up from a few minutes to a maximum of 4 hours

• Attending regular puppy classes

• Meeting with Guide Dogs representatives to discuss your pup’s development

• Completing regular on-line questionnaires to help us monitor puppy progress Ideally you will:

• Be able to manage large breed dogs (around 25-40kg)

• Have access to a car on a weekly basis for training and vet visits

• 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, especially first thing in the morning and last thing at night

• Be able to access online content and training materials (you will need your own email address) If you do not feel you tick every box but are sure this role is the one for you, please drop us a message and tell us why. We are open to suggestions and happy to chat with you to find out what is possible! Volunteering is a two-way street, so in return for your time you will get.

• A dedicated volunteer manager/key contact who will help you settle in and support you during your time with us.

• The challenge and reward of seeing a puppy develop in your home.

• The opportunity to gain experience and develop your understanding in dog body language, learning theory, the human animal bond, and the life of a Guide Dog.

Volunteering for Guide Dogs should never leave you out of pocket. We will make sure we pay any expenses related to your volunteering with us in line with our policy.

What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support

Getting there

Share Activity
Blairgowrie and Rattray Activities > Guide Dogs > Guide Dogs - Puppy Raiser

About Guide Dogs

We are Guide Dogs. And we’re here to help people with sight loss live the life they choose. Over the years we’ve developed a wide range of services with and without dogs to support people living with a vision impairment. Children and adults. Friends and family. Whoever you are, our expert staff, dedicated volunteers and life-changing dogs are here to help you live actively, independently, and well.
We’re a charity, almost entirely funded by donations, and we are the world’s largest assistance dog organisation. As world leaders in puppy socialisation and dog training, we’re the only organisation to breed and train guide dogs in the UK. We’re also the largest employer of specialists dedicated to helping children and young people overcome the challenges of sight loss.