WHY RAISE A PUPPY
No two puppy raiser journeys are exactly the same. Leader Dog puppies are bred for success, but any veteran puppy raiser will tell you that each puppy comes with a different personality, skills and surprises. Raising a puppy isn't about being an expert—it's about being willing to learn and give back. The time, patience, effort and love that you give to your puppy is what makes it possible for that dog to change someone's life forever.
From the moment you meet your little four-legged friend to the moment you wish him good luck on the next stage of his life, raising a puppy is an experience you will never forget.
Leader Dog puppy raisers are:
- Dedicated. Puppy raising is a year-long experience that takes work to give your puppy the best foundation.
- Nationwide. There are puppy raisers in 19 states in the U.S. (we've also had raisers in Canada)!
- Supportive. "It takes a village" definitely applies to puppy raising, and raisers share the highs and lows (and lots of encouragement along the way).
- Passionate. The majority of puppy raisers choose to raise a second (or third, or fourth, or tenth) puppy after raising their first.
- Generous. Raising a puppy is no small feat, but the act of raising that puppy is critical to giving someone who is blind life-changing freedom and independence through a Leader Dog.
What Puppy Raisers Learn
Why Puppy Raisers Do It
Ready to Start Puppy Raising?
When Kayla picked up her puppy, he was a sweet, cuddly, 12-pound fluffball. She named him "Hopper" after the police chief in the show Stranger Things. Over a year, she taught him to calmly accept nail trims, walk by her side without pulling, ignore distractions like yelling children and squirrels, settle down quietly when she was busy, and many more skills. When the time came for him to go back to Leader Dog to start his guide dog training, it was hard for Kayla, but she wanted him to go fulfill his destiny.
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