Puppy Raising

Our puppies enter our training program at approximately 8 weeks of age. At this point they are moved from being with their mum and are placed with one of our volunteer puppy raisers, who raise, teach basic obedience skills, socialise and expose them to a wide variety of different environments and situations for the next 12 – 18 months.

Throughout their time as a puppy, we monitor the pup’s progress and assess their strengths and weaknesses in order to support the volunteer puppy raiser and advise to ensure the dog is best prepared to start its advanced training. At 10-12 months old, we do a dysplasia test to check the health of the dogs elbow and hips to see if it will be suitable as a Guide Dog or if not, a therapy or buddy dog.