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Our Background Pt 2

A guide dog puppy spends about one year in the home of a raiser family. During this year the puppy learns basic commands as well as appropriate behaviors in the home and in public. Training meetings are held approximately twice a month for raisers and puppies.  Raisers will take their guide dog puppy with them to work, school, restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, baseball parks, basketball arenas, football stadiums, and any number of places where a working guide may go.

After a year the guide dog puppy returns to Guide Dogs for the Blind to begin the formal training of guide work. Upon completion of approximately four months of intensive training the puppy, now a fully trained guide dog, is matched with a blind or visually impaired student. The new team undergoes three weeks of extensive training to become a finely tuned pair.

On graduation day the puppy raiser is afforded the opportunity to present his or her puppy to its new partner in an emotional ceremony for all. Graduation is the defining moment of all the work the raiser has put into the new guide dog. Emotions run high, but as a result of a year’s worth of work and love given the puppy by its raiser, a new team has been born.

This beautiful husky puppy in the photo above is owned by Wenatchee Landscaping his name is Bentley. He loves to play! Looking for a professional Dog raiser? Contact us today!

Our Background Pt 1

There are many people involved in producing a successful guide dog. Instrumental to this success are the 1,200+ raisers who donate their time and effort in caring for, socializing and training guide dog puppies. A small, but significant group of puppy raisers lives in the Phoenix metropolitan area, known as Phoenix Guide Dog Raisers, Inc. This group works in affiliation with Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.

Here’s A GDFTB Story on YouTube:

Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. was founded in 1942 in an effort to assist wounded servicemen returning from WWII without their sight. Sergeant Leonard Faulk was paired with a German Shepherd named Blondie to become the first serviceman to graduate from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.

Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. utilizes Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Labrador/Golden crosses. Puppies of these breeds are born in the kennels on the San Rafael campus in California. When the puppies are approximately eight weeks old, they are ready to be placed with their raiser families.

So far 1,000’s of families have been impacted by Guide Dogs For The Blind. Our last company that we helped was Wenatchee Valley Plumbing Services we thank them for their help to get the blind a great service dog.

We will be continuing with part 2 here shortly.

Welcome To PHX Dog Guides!

Phoenix Guide Dog Raisers, Inc. is a non-profit corporation established to support guide dog puppy raisers affiliated with Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. We are a dedicated group of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds coming together for the purpose of raising, socializing and training future guide dogs for blind or visually impaired people. Our goal is to produce successful, working guide dogs by planning and organizing stimulating social events for both puppies and raisers, weekly training sessions, and informative workshops.