Different sorts of animals, including squirrels, cats, birds, other dogs and farm animals
Busy sidewalks and bicycles
Some puppy raisers are able to take their puppy to work with them
Puppy raisers are responsible for meeting at least monthly with their puppy counselor. Volunteer puppy counselors are regionally placed. Counselors organize obedience lessons and exposure opportunities for the puppies.
Puppies that see and experience a large variety of environments during the first year of their lives will be more confident when exposed to future experiences.
Raisers provide health care, food and necessary supplies for the puppies.
Raisers have the privilege of naming the puppies.
Puppy raisers follow very specific guidelines, such as:
When puppies are in public wearing their “Future Leader Dog” bandannas or jackets, they are expected to be clean and well mannered
Puppies will be taught to stay off furniture
Puppies are expected to lay quietly at meal time and not beg
Each month, approximately 30 1-year-old puppies are returned to Leader Dogs for the Blind to begin formal training.