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.


Bodega transferred into the Boulder Club. He is a male, yellow labrador being raised by Kit and Jeff. Boedgo was born on July 27, 2016 to dog dad Phoenix and dog mom Jordan.

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Granola is a female, yellow lab born on September 20, 2016 to dog dad Krostof and dog mom Giselle. Granola's sister Gamma is also in our club. Granola is being raised by Emily R., Abby, Leah, Roger & Alex M.

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Gamma is a female, yellow labrador born to dad dog Kristoff and mom dog Giselle on September 20, 2016. Gamma is being reaised by Sara and Tom. Gamma's sister, Granola, is also being raised in the club.

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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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