About 110 puppies are raised in Pretoria for the Guide-Dogs association (GDA) every year. The pups are placed with âraisersâ for 12 to 18 months and then placed with a new owner after training.
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about puppy raising:
Am I allowed to have other pets when applying to be a puppy raiser?
âIf you have pets of your own, that is great as long as their vaccinations are up to date. It is preferable that they are sterilised as well,â says Jessica Long, a puppy raising supervisor with the GDA.
A home inspection is done once you have completed the application form, followed by a telephonic interview.
When am I required to take the puppy for training?
âInitially, the training is done at the GDA premises until the pup is old enough to join the open classes held in Pretoria. A time and day will be established between all the puppy raisers of the specific litter you are part of,â says Long.
What will it cost me to raise a puppy?
âAll expenses such as veterinary care, food as well as collars and leads are provided by GDA,â says Long.
The expenses a puppy raiser would incur include toys, beds and feeding bowls as well as a treat bag, clicker and treats.
May I contact the owner to find out about the wellbeing of the dog once he is fully trained?
Once the pup has passed, the puppy raiser attends the graduation of the pup and get to meet his or her guide, service or autism owner.
âIt is unfortunately at the new ownerâs discretion to remain in contact with you,â says Long.
How can I help if I cannot commit to raising a pup?
Long suggests that âif you are unable to raise a pup, you are more than welcome to apply to become a weekend homer for our dogs in formal trainingâ.
These dogs would come home with you on a Friday and need to be back at the training centre the following Monday.
For more information visit or contact Leigh de Beaufort at 011 705 3512 or send an email to [email protected].
Image: Guide-Dogs Association
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