Breeding Stock Hosts

Close-up photo of a yellow lab lying on a sidewalk facing the camera. He is wearing a blue bandanna with the words Leader Dog Dad embroidered on it in red.

The future of our guide dog program depends in large part on volunteers who host specially selected breeding dogs. This dedicated group of volunteers provides foster homes for breeding stock moms and dads for the life of these dogs.

Orientation Session

An orientation session for people interested in hosting a Leader Dog mom will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the canine development center at Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Please email Stacey Booms at to inquire about hosting a Leader Dog mom or dad.

1039 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, MI, 48307 (enter building by glass revolving door)


Leader Dog provides veterinary care, as well as heartworm and flea preventative treatments. The host family is responsible for all costs related to routine care, feeding and transporting the dog to our campus in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Families hosting a female dog are also responsible for the care and whelping of puppies for the first six weeks of life.

Obedience Training and Other Support

Dogs in the breeding program are bred to be athletic and are happiest when living with families. Leader Dog recommends basic obedience training for all dogs and offers free classes to host families. The breeding department also offers educational support and is always available for emergency whelping or assistance.

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