Being free agents offers an opportunity to look for the best situation to raise a successful guide dog. With that in mind, we recently contacted Leader Dogs for the Blind. Leader Dogs is located in Rochester, Michigan and they are affiliated with Lions Clubs. The waiting list for a puppy, once accepted, is six to twelve months.
While we wait for our next baby guide dog (apologize for using the term so often, but I just heard it a few weeks ago and I love it), we are looking into doing some temporary training and puppy sitting. Our nephew has a puppy, Rex, in need of some remedial training who we may help out. In addition, Lisa has been walking our first guide dog trainee, Buddy in the afternoon..
Reading through the puppy raiser FAQ, I spotted this item that is important for puppy raisers to remember:
Unlike working guide dogs, businesses are not required to allow our puppies onto their premises—it will be your responsibility to get permission from the owner or manager of an establishment before entering with a puppy.