Become a Puppy Raiser or Puppy Sitter

Raising a Guide Dog Puppy

Guide Dogs of Texas relies on volunteer puppy raisers to take our puppies into their homes and help raise them as they prepare to become guide dogs. Many of our volunteers find the experience life-changing.

Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching our puppies good manners and providing socialization experiences for about the first year of the pups’ lives. Puppy raisers attend monthly meetings wherein they share ideas and information, work on training techniques, and participate in socialization outings. The pups return to our facility for their formal guidework training when they are between 12 and 17 months old.

All of our puppy raisers' hard work and dedication comes together when a visually impaired Texan receives his or her priceless gift − a guide dog providing independence, mobility and freedom.

  • No prior experience is necessary to become a puppy raiser.
  • Ongoing training and support is provided by the puppy program staff.
  • Puppy raisers cover the puppy’s expenses that they believe they can afford. Funding is available from Guide Dogs of Texas if necessary.

Become a Puppy Sitter

Guide Dogs of Texas relies on a team of trained puppy sitters to help prepare our future guide dogs. In order to maintain consistency in the puppy's training, puppy sitters undergo the same training as full-time puppy raisers, but serve in a part-time capacity or "on call" to assist puppy raisers as needed.