• Undergo a home
visit by a GDB approved leader (this includes all
homes in which the puppy will reside).
• Use GDB approved training and management
techniques when working with or caring for GDB puppies.
• Raise the puppy inside as a housedog.
• Provide a safe and securely fenced yard and/or
a safe and secure confinement area for relieving
the pup. The outside area must contain shelter from
the elements and access to water.
• Provide a method to care for and relieve
the puppy at least every 4-5 hours during the daytime
until the puppy is six months old.
• Attend and participate in at least 80% of
regularly scheduled club meetings and outings.
• Provide an environment free of dogs with
a history of aggression.
• Provide direct supervision when the puppy
is with other dogs.
• Leave the puppy in a safe, harm free environment
(particularly not to leave the puppy alone for extended
periods of time in a fenced yard).
• Provide appropriate food, grooming, flea/tick
control and veterinary care.
• Securely fence swimming pools, spas and other
bodies of water to prevent unsupervised access by
• Keep all their pet cats and dogs current
on their vaccinations and flea/tick control.
• Provide a safe setting for teaching the puppy
to remain alone, unconfined in the home. We strongly
recommend that raisers have a crate.
• Complete and submit monthly to their club
leader, a GDB Puppy Raiser’s Monthly Report
Guidelines for co-raisers and individuals with multiple
• The total number of dogs allowed in any GDB
puppy raiser home will vary with each individual’s
home situation. The leader must give approval for
multiple dog households with final approval by the
Puppy Raising Advisor.
• GDB puppies may not reside within a home
containing another animal that GDB staff determines
presents a hazard to the puppy’s safety or
development or that the puppy may endanger.
• The maximum number of GDB puppies allowed
in any one raiser or puppy sitting home is two.
• A GDB puppy and any other puppy being raised
by the same household must be at least 8 months apart
• A single individual may raise only one GDB
puppy or other service dog at a time. The above list
of requirements and guidelines is not comprehensive.
Raisers and leaders are required to follow all instructions,
guidelines, policies and procedures presented by
Guide Dogs’ staff, supervisory volunteers,
written documents and other means.