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.

Pico

Pico is a male yellow labrador born on June 1, 2018 to dog dad Bowie and dog mom Amari. Pico is being raised by Claire.

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Jones

Jones is a male, yellow labrador born on August 30, 2018. He is being raised by  Laura Ann,  Ricky T., Logan and Griffin T.

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Tenzing

Tenzing is a male, yellow labrador born on August 9, 2018 to dog dad Eski and dog mom Waikiki. Tenzing is being raised by Catherine, Jeffery, and Denise.

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Bravo

Bravo is a male, yellow labrador born on June 13, 2018 to dog dad Eski and dog mom Gamma. Bravo is being raised by Kirsten and Darrell.

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Brita

Brita is a female, yellow labrador born on June 13, 2018 to dog dad Eski and dog mom Gamma. Brita is being raised by Art and Gina C, and Cece and Tom B.

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Baklava

Baklava is a female, yellow labrador born on June 13, 2018 to dog dad Eski and dog mom Gamma. Baklava is being raised by Sara and Tom G.

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Jayla

Jayla is a female, black labrador being raised by Julie B. & Family. Jayla joined the club on July 17, 2018. Jayla was born to dog dad Celtic and dog mom Oksana on 5/5/2018.

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Quest

Quest is a female, yellow labrador being raised by Ben, Elisa & Caroline B. Quest joined the club on July 17, 2018. Quest was born to dog dad Varone and dog mom Taipei on 5/9/2018.

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Wilda

Wilda is a female, black labrador born on January 4, 2018 to dog dad Urvek and dog mom Cherie. Wilda is being raised by Sara and Tom G.

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