After spending about a year in a puppy raiser's home, the puppy (now a grown dog!) returns to Guide Dogs for the Blind for 6-12 more months of formal training where he or she will learn to guide a visually impaired partner.  Puppy raisers are responsible for providing all the socialization, basic training, attention, and love the puppy requires to become a guide dog canidate.  The actual guidework training is done by the professional instructors on the Guide Dogs campus (in either California or Oregon).

"Recall Day" is a day of mixed emotions for raisers.  It is very sad to see the puppy they have loved for the last year go, but it is exciting that they may someday have a career as a guide dog or go on to serve the community in other ways.  Many raisers think of leaving for formal training as being like going to college!

Check the latest news (on the right hand side of the web page) to see what phase a puppy is in. Click on, or hover over, the phases to see the training steps.


Patterson is a golden retriever born on January 2, 2016. He transferred into the club. He was born to dog dad Partner and dog mom Midge. He is being raised by Cathy, Carolanne, and Karin.

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Erickson is a male, yellow lab born on July 29, 2016 to dog dad Curt and dog mom Gwyneth. He is being raised by Laura Ann, Ricky, Logan, and Griffin.

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Tootsie is a female, yellow labrador born on July 27, 2016 to Royal Guide Ralph and dog mom Mona is being raised by Angie and Cameron.

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Galavant is a male, black labrador born on May 29, 2016 to dog dad York and dog mom Zulu. Galavant transferred into the club and is being raised by Julie, Charlie, Alex, Emily, and Avery.

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Yarra is a female, black labrador born to dog dad Richard and dog mom Olive. Her birthdate is May 17, 2016. She is being raised by Julie, Chris, Gina, & Sophia.

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Aldo is a male labrador born on January 16, 2016 to dog dad Timothy and dog mom Jenai. He is being raised by Denise and Madison and Chris M.

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Farlow is a male, black labrador born on April 6, 2016 to dog dad Nissan and dog mom Pompeii. He is being raised by Tia, Chris, Owen, and Kayleigh.

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Anzio is a cross between a yellow lab and a golden retriever. He was born on November 15, 2015 to dog dad Cuervo and dog mom Tenley. He is being raised by JulieMarie and Michael.

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