Hello,

I'm repsonsible for the website for BoulderPuppies.org.

If your message had a specific question in it, you should get a response within 48 hours. That's our goal. Until then, I hope the below information helps you. 

The Process for Becoming a Guide Dog Raiser

  1. Print out the volunteer application from the Guide Dog's website. Please print it out, fill it out, and give it to Heidi.
  2. Start reading the Puppy Raising Manual and watching training videos.
  3. Come to a meeting. Introduce yourself to our primary leader, Heidi Grimditch, and give her the application.
  4. After you've attended three meetings, if you are still itnerested, Heidi will schedule a home visit.
  5. After the home visit, you can start puppy sitting.
  6. After the home visit, you'll get an account on our website and you'll be added to the appropriate mailing lists.
  7. Continue to explore our website: BoulderPuppies.org
  8. After you've puppy sat, if you're still interested in puppy raising, fill out a Raiser application.
  9. Keep puppy sitting while you wait for your puppy.
  10. After your puppy comes, you need to attend all meetings until your puppy is 6 months of age. Then, you still need to attend at least two meetings a month.

Meetings

Our meetins are usually on Tuesdays at 7pm, but sometimes vary. The calendar is on the website, on the right hand side. Please feel free to join us for any meetings that are convenient.
 
The best way to learn about our current training techniques is to attend meetings.
 
Puppies are required to attend 4 meetings a month until the puppy is 6 months old. Once puppies have reached the age of 6 months, they are required to come to two meetings a month.  Meetings are labeled "Baby Puppy Meeting" and "Meeting for All."

Learning How to Train a Puppy

Learning how to train a puppy is what the club is about. The five primary sources of education and help are:

  1. Group training sessions at the meetings
  2. The puppy raising manual
  3. Training videos
  4. The leaders
  5. Other club members

 

I look forward to meeting you and your family at a future meeting!

Thanks for your interest Guide Dogs for the Blind!

--gwen