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.

Aldo

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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Corine

Corine is a female, black labrador born on January 23, 2016 to dog mom Wanda and dog dad Jolt. Cordelia is being raised by Marni, Devon, and Carson.

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Cordelia

Cordelia is a female, black labrador born on January 23, 2016 to dog mom Wanda and dog dad Jolt. Cordelia is being raised by Heidi and Lleane.

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Sophia

Sophia is a female, yellow labrador born on November 21, 2015 to dog mom Giselle and dog dad West. Sophia is being raised by Sandy and Vic.

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Malone

Malone was born on December 25, 2015 to dog mom Sitka and dog dad Jenkins. He is being raised by Anne W.

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Balousky

Balousky is a male, yellow labrador born to dog dad Sid and dog mom Hestia on November 28, 2105. He is being raised by Lauren.

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Muse

Muse is being raised by Terry, Gabe, and Steve. Muse is a female yellow lab born on November 14, 2015 to dog dad West and dog mom Cassia.

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Tuppence

Tuppence is a female, yellow labrador born on October 4, 2015 to dog dad Stockholm and dog mom Cinder. Tuppence is being raised by Cathy, James, and David and Carrie and Reid.

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Katie

Katie is a female black lab being raised by Claudia and John. Katie was born on May 25, 2015 to dog dad Lucio and dog mom Ronnie.

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