We are the local Waco/Robinson Guide Dog puppy Club. We raise Guide Dog puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind an organization with campuses in California and Oregon.
When our pups are 8-9 weeks old, they’re ready for their first road trip. They say goodbye to their birthplace, our California campus, and embark on the first leg of their journey toward becoming Guide Dogs.
What do the pups learn while they’re in the Puppy Raising Program?
Once in the comfort of their new homes, the pups begin to learn about their environment. They learn basic obedience and good manners, and are socialized to the world. In addition to learning good house behaviors, the pups are exposed to a variety of situations, places and people. They accompany their raisers just about everywhere. Here are a few examples of the places our puppies are socialized:
- grocery stores
- school and work
- shops and malls
- trains, planes and automobiles!
Our puppies have the pleasure of living with their raiser families for 14 to 18 months before returning to our school for formal training to become guides.