Puppy Raiser

Guide Dogs UK

Name: Puppy Raiser
Organisation: Guide Dogs UK
Type: Full Time
You will need access to a suitable area where the puppy could go to the toilet during the day, including first thing in the morning and last thing at night. The role of a puppy raiser is full-time. The puppy cannot be left alone longer than 3 hours a day.


In this role, you will be providing the puppy with a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog for someone with sight loss. This is a full time role.

What does the role involve?
• Feeding, training and generally caring for a puppy's needs on a daily basis is time consuming and, particularly when very young, they cannot be left on their own for more than three hours
• You will develop and care for a puppy as directed by your supervisor and as described in Puppy Walking Policies and Procedures
• You will familiarise the puppy with many different environments
• Teaching basic obedience commands

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Organisation Description

Guide Dogs is a charity which provide a wide range of services to support blind and partially sighted people.

Our ambition is for a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support to live their lives to the full and we will not rest until people who are blind and partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

Every hour, another person in the UK loses their sight, if this was to happen to you, Guide Dogs is there to make sure you receive the help and support you need.

On a daily basis our work transforms the lives of many people, helping them to lead lives of independence and freedom and we wouldn’t be able to do this without the support and dedication of our incredible volunteers.


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Cause / Interests

  • Animals
  • Disability
  • Mentoring

Types of Activity


Skills and Qualifications


What skills or experience are required?
- Good communication skills
- Good interpersonal skills
- Experience of being in an environment around dogs an advantage


What will I get out of it?
- The challenge and reward of seeing a puppy develop in your home
- The satisfaction that you have had a pivotal role in providing guide dogs that enable blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: All volunteer expenses will be reimbursed
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: Discuss at interview. Arrangements can be made.
Offer: 1:1 sessions with project manager, peer support communication channels as well as training sessions .
Training: * Regular and ongoing support from your supervisor * Basic induction to Guide Dogs and to the role. * An opportunity to take part in any general Guide Dogs volunteer training that is available locally.
Other: All successful applicants will have to attend an Induction session as well as several training session, all carried out in accordance to our Covid19 protocols.

Recruitment Method

Application form, Interview, References