The Process of Raising Guide Dogs for the Blind By: Dominic Baechler

Three Basic Stages of Training

Stage 1: Puppies are born and raised for the first 12 weeks of their life.

Stage 2: Puppies are sent to caretakers across the country to be raised and given basic training.

Stage 3: Dogs are returned to the GDB facility at about 16 months of age.

350 Los Ranchitos Rd, San Rafael, CA

Residence Halls and Practice Facility

Administration Building

Kennel Entrance

Stage 1: Basic Puppy Training (Week 0 - Week 8)

The Puppy Truck drives across the country to deliver puppies to their puppy raisers.

Stage 2: Training with Puppy Raisers (Week 8 - Month 16)

Weekly Puppy Training (East Bay)

Loose Leash Practice

This is an important exercise that teaches puppies not to pull on their leash.

From a young age, it is important that future guide dogs are comfortable being handled.

This is an example of positive reinforcement through the use of treats.

Both young pups and older dogs must practice laying calmly on there sides.

A Puppy Raiser is practicing his collar responses with a pup named Villa
Klay Thompson and Brandon Crawford meet their Guide Dog counter parts.

Gabrina (12 weeks - 15 Months)

Stage 3: Dogs Return to Campus for Final Training (16 months)

As I first started to volunteer, I was often assigned to do the dirty work

Veterinary Clinic

Surgery Room

Bathing Room

Meal Prep

Guide Dog Graduation

After a long, 18 month process, these energentic pups are paired with their new partner after weeks of training by their side.

Same Life, New Partner

Kalani and his new mom enjoying their new life together after graduation.
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