Can any puppy be a guide dog?

Can any puppy be a guide dog?

Puppy raisers can be any age, whether you’re 9 or 90. Families are great too! Puppy raisers need to be purpose-driven, attentive learners, adaptable in different situations, and know that their effort and hard work will contribute to the puppy’s potential.

How do you become a guide dog for a puppy raiser?

As a volunteer puppy raiser, you must agree to the following:

  1. Provide a safe environment for a puppy who will be the only dog under 1-year old in the house.
  2. Work closely with Canine Companions monitoring the puppy’s progress and submit monthly reports.
  3. Attend Canine Companions approved obedience classes.

What qualifies you for a guide dog?


  • Legally blind.
  • At least 18 years of age, but no limits on upper age.
  • Confident in your orientation and mobility skills.
  • Able to navigate three or more routes independently.
  • Ability to provide the appropriate exercise for a young and active dog.
  • Financially able to appropriately care for a guide dog.

How far can a 12 week old puppy walk?

Generally, your puppy should be able to handle a short, 30-min hike once he’s 12 weeks old or so. Even 45 minutes to an hour is great for older puppies. Each puppy is different, though! It’s also a good idea to check with your vet about what vaccinations are a good idea in your area before taking your puppy on trails.

What happens if you over exercise your puppy?

Avoid over-exercising your puppy. Over-exercising puppies can negatively impact on their musculoskeletal development and this is of particular concern in large and giant breed puppies. Some of the large and giant dog breeds can continue to grow up until 18“24 months of age.

How long should I play with my puppy each day?

Play with your puppy for at least 20 minutes a day, in addition to giving him 20 to 30 minutes of exercise. A bored puppy is a destructive puppy. Playing is also a great way to bond with your puppy, and it helps her to interact with people in a positive manner.