Dog lovers in Dublin can help raise puppies that will be trained as guide dogs.
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is currently recruiting for Puppy Raising Volunteers in the Leinster area specifically in Dublin, Kildare (Maynooth, Sallins, Newbridge and Leixlip), Wicklow (Blessington, Bray, Delgany and Greystones) and Meath (Ratoath and Dunboyne).
Puppy Raisers will foster one puppy from the age of eight weeks old until approximately 12-14 months.
At eight weeks old the puppies begin their journey to becoming a Guide Dog for a person who is vision impaired or an Assistance Dog for a family of a child with autism.
The puppy will live with the volunteer’s family in their home, and under the direction of Puppy Raising Supervisors, puppies learn basic rules and obedience.
At approximately 14 months the puppies will then move onto the Irish Guide Dog’s Training Center with our highly skilled trainers and the hard work towards graduating as a Guide or Assistance Dog begins.
This is a great opportunity to make a real difference to someone’s life and to learn new dog training skills.
Criteria to become a Puppy Raiser:
- No more than two other dogs in the home. They must be sociable, well behaved and neutral/spayed
- The puppy must not be left alone for prolonged periods of time (max 4 hours but this is age dependent)
- You must have access to a secured outdoor area
- Children in the home must be over five years of age
- You must be 18 years or older, but the whole family can get involved
- Must have internet access and be able to use Zoom platform
To apply or to find out more please click here.
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