Guide and Assistance Dogs change lives. It is the independence and freedom offered by these dogs to our clients that keeps us going. Our Puppy Raisers look after an 8 to 10 week old puppy, in their home, for a period of either 6 or 12 months
This requires a degree of physical fitness, which includes being able to negotiate steps, walk 3 - 5km per day and frequent bending and lifting (up to 10kg). Puppy Raisers expose our puppies to different environments including public transport, shopping centres, steps/stairs, schools etc.
- Provide suitable accommodation and care for puppy in training during a required period of time (varying between 6 to 12 months).
- Follow instruction/training advice from Puppy Raising Coordinators, Trainers and Instructors at all times.
- Feed, groom, toilet and walk dog in care as per instructions from Guide Dogs WA.
- Attend periodic training and obedience classes with Puppy Raising Coordinators.
- Use basic obedience skills when handling dog in care (e.g. sit, down, stay, come etc.).
- Assist with the socialisation process by taking the puppy into shops, restaurants and other public buildings.
- Transport dog in care (if necessary) to Guide Dogs WA designated Veterinary practice for vaccinations, consultations and medical procedures as required, in consultation with Puppy Raising Coordinators.
- Ensure all preventive medications and vaccinations are maintained at all times.
Guide Dogs WA will provide:
- Ongoing support
- Insurance cover by EverAbility’s Volunteer Insurance policy and/or by the Insurance Commission of WA for the cost of claims for death or injury caused by the negligence of the driver of a registered vehicle
- Everything required for providing care to the dog, including food, equipment, veterinary care and obedience classes.