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.


McKnight is a male golden retriever born to dad dog Neutron and dog mom Tarragon on October 12, 2016. He is being raised by Claudia and John and Carol.

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Titus is a male, black labrador born on January 8, 2017 to dog mom Parsley and dog dad Kepler. He is being raised by Katie, Steve, and Kirsten W.

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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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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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