Information & Forms for Raisers/Puppy Sitters
Puppy Trading Cards for GDB Puppy Raisers
What the Future Holds
HouseJax, AKAThis TTr
OTHER OPTIONS BESIDES GRADUATION Click here!
All dogs bred by Guide Dogs for the Blind go on to do wonderful things, whether by becoming a guide dog, a breeder, a K9 Buddy, a service dog for another organization, a therapy dog, or a beloved pet. The gifts of love, companionship and service are invaluable in any situation.
DOG PLACEMENTS WITH OTHER CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS Click here!
Upon being career changed, some dogs will be identified as candidates to become a K9 Buddy or a dog that provides a service for people through one of our partner organizations. To facilitate these placements, Dog Placement staff has developed relationships with a number of non-profit organizations that wish to receive these well-bred and trained dogs into their programs. With the recommendation of puppy raising and training staff, GDB will attempt to find a placement with one of these organizations within approximately thirty days. If no match is found, these dogs will be placed in another role by GDB, returned to their puppy raisers for adoption or placement if the raiser requests, or adopted to another loving, caring home.
Joys of Living Assistance Dogs is one of the service organizations that GDB places dogs with--here are some service dogs in training, including Atari (back left) who was raised in our group until he was 6 months old, doing 'body work'.
THERAPY DOGS Click here!
A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with autism. Therapy dogs are usually not assistance or service dogs, but can be one or both with some organizations.
Many of our pups who are "career changed" and adopted as a pet become Therapy Dogs and go on to do amazing things.
Pictured here are a few of the dogs that were raised in our group that are now registered Therapy Dogs, either through Pet Partners or Therapy Dogs International. Willy (at right), working with Childhaven children, takes a hug break. Estella (left) was Volunteer of the Year two years in a row at the Seattle Care Center, bringing solace to dementia patients. Read more here.
Zenith (below) provides a soft pillow and non judgmental ears for a young reader at the school where his mama works as vice principal.
K9 BUDDY PROGRAM Click here!
One of the routes your dog may take after he has gone into training is to be selected for the K9 Buddy program. This program matches very manageable dogs with visually impaired children as companions, to introduce them to the joys and responsibilities of dog ownership.
Only exceptional dogs are chosen for this important role. They are recommended to the program by training staff or the Community Field Representative, once it has been determined that the dog will not become a guide. Preference is given to dogs that are easy to handle, have good house manners and have proved to be gentle and loving around children. Potential Buddies are evaluated for several weeks after being pulled from training and are matched with a child within a short time.
If your dog is selected to be a K9 Buddy you will be informed as soon as he starts the evaluation process. If it is determined that he is not suitable for the program you will be offered the chance to adopt him as a career change dog or we may ask you to consider letting us place him through one of our other Community Placement programs.
Once the dog is placed with his K9 Buddy family, you will be given information about the placement and, the recipient family will be given your contact information. Many K9 Buddy families elect to keep in touch with the raisers of their new companion. We view K9 Buddies as an essential part of our mission and it is an honor to have a dog selected for this program.
COMMUNITY PLACEMENTS Click here!
If the puppy that you raised does not become a guide dog or breeder, but is considered suitable for a Community Placement, Guide Dogs staff will contact you to request that you release the dog to Guide Dogs for the Blind for one of these special placements. Should he/she not work out as a Community Canine he will be offered back to you for adoption.
GDB cannot guarantee exactly what type of placement it would be, but your pup could be considered for several types of situations, for example:
• Adoption to families with blind/visually impaired family members or as companions to people with other disabilities.
• Adoption to staff of blind/visually impaired schools and agencies.
• Used as an Ambassador Dogs by our Admissions and Graduate Services staff
in the field.
• Placement with one of our partner agencies that can include organizations
This is Jax, aka Craig, who was raised in our group.
He didn't graduate as a guide dog, so he was adopted
by Ronald MacDonald House in Lubbock, Texas as their
"Chief Cheer Officer. Read more
Trixie became an Avalanche Search and Rescue Dog after it was
determined that she would rather have a different profession than
becoming a guide dog! She works at Steven's Pass in
As part of the Northwest Disaster Search Dogs team,
career changed GDB pup Luau and her owner Sue,
spent countless hours in Darrington, Washington
in mud and rain working on the search and rescue operation
after a hillside slid down and buried an entire neighborhood.