Training & Socialization

Potential puppy raisers practice handling on stairs

Potential puppy raisers practice walking down stairs with the group's older puppies.

Guide dog puppies learn basic “good dog” training during their 14 months with a puppy raiser. Puppies are also socialized in a variety of settings in and around San Francisco ranging from a trip to the grocery store, fine dining, baseball games, and a night at the opera.

Guide dogs puppies receive guidework training during their time with a Guide Dogs for the Blind instructor certified by the State of California for the training of guide dogs for use by blind persons. Puppy raiser volunteers do not train their puppies to recognize safe street crossings, navigate obstacle courses, or ride escalators and moving walkways.