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Become a Puppy Carer for Guide Dogs Qld

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by Anne Johnson (subscribe)
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Published February 25th 2013
An opportunity to change lives
Bringing a puppy into your home will change your life forever; if it's a puppy from the Guide Dogs program you will also be dramatically changing someone else's life.

Guide Dog puppies
Guide Dog puppies

Guide Dogs Queensland is looking for volunteer carers for their puppies from 10 weeks to 12 months of age when they will commence their guide dog training.

guide dog training
Guide Dog training

The role is simple - to care for and socialise a puppy to produce a confident, well-mannered young adult dog. Guide Dogs need to be confident in many different environments and a carer's role is to ensure that the puppy is exposed to these situations and learns acceptance and confidence. This means a daily walk in different areas, regular visits to shopping centres, cafes and restaurants. The puppy must become accustomed to car travel and public transport.

Socialisation with other dogs is important as well as acceptance of people and children of differing ages so this type of interaction is encouraged. The puppy will need to attend a number of puppy preschools and group training session in the local area.

Caring for and socialising a puppy

But don't worry! Carers receive ongoing training and support with regular visits from a Puppy Development Supervisor.

Care for a puppy and change someone's life

If you're interested in being involved in this rewarding program, then check out the following required criteria:

Live in metropolitan Gold Coast area (Brisbane or Sunshine Coast)
Have a responsible adult to supervise the program
Have a securely fenced property
Not a full-time worker (puppies need constant care)
Able to spend most of your time with the puppy
Have time to attend training sessions
Have a Driver's Licence and access to a vehicle
Willing to have a puppy living and sleeping in the home
Access to all public transport
If you have children, do they attend school full-time?

If you fit the criteria, then please contact Guide Dogs Queensland for more information or to apply to become a Puppy Raiser. If you cannot care for a puppy, there are other ways to support Guide Dogs Queensland.

Visit the website for more information.
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