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.


Sampson is a male, black labrador born on December 30, 2016 to dog dad lucio and dog mom Vida. Sampson is being raised by Claire W.

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Samwise is a male, yellow labrador. He was born on March 15, 2017 to dog dad Phoenix and dog mom Treasure. Samwise is being raised by Jackie, Allen & Jeanne.

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Edsel is a male golden retriever born on February 15, 2017 to dog mom Athena and dog dad Jarvis. Edsel is being raised by Cathy & Carolanne. (Athena was also raised by Cathy & Carolanne.)

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Dino is a male, yellow lab born on February 4, 2017 to dog mom Aida and dog dad Upton. Dino is being raised by Stacie J.

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Ida is a female, black labrador born on January 11, 2017 to dog mom Una and dog dad Dapper. She is littermates with Iago. Ida is being raised by Cece, Sol, and Tom B.

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