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.


Houdini is a male, yellow labrador born on June 8, 2017 to dog dad Upton and dog Mom Zulu. He is being raised by Claire.

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Leno is a male, black labrador born on April 18, 2017 to dog dad Atticus and dog mom Lorraine. He transferred into the club and is being raised by Kirsten & Kelly R, and Kelsha D.

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Rosalind is a female, black labrador being raised by JuileMarie and Michael. She was born on April 26, 2017 to dog dad Upton and dog mom Zinnia.

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Scooby is male, black labrador being raised by Karen, Matt, Tim, and Sam and Chris M. He was born on April 27, 2017 to dog dad Curt and dog mom Lagoon. 

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Samwise is a male, yellow labrador. He was born on March 15, 2017 to dog dad Phoenix and dog mom Treasure. Samwise is being raised by Jackie, Allen & Jeanne.

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