Guide Dogs for the Blind in Alaska (Juneau, Ak)
Guide Dogs for the Blind specially breed their dogs to get the best possible for the job. Formal training begins at thirteen to fifteen months of age. After they are weaned and before their formal training these dogs are raised by volunteer puppy raisers who teach them basic obedience and manners and prepare them for the sights and sounds of the world.
Currently there are puppy raisers in many western states, but none in Alaska. Wouldn't it be nice for a visually impaired Alaskan to have the opportunity to acquire a dog familiar with the sights, sounds, climate, and activities of Alaska? My goal is to build a puppy raising team in Juneau to raise guide dogs for Alaskans, aiming to expose the puppy to many of the situations that he will experience in life with a handler that can see and keep him safe so the dog can take care of his visually impaired client.
I am hoping to get a group of 30 or 40 dedicated people in Juneau to raise ten dogs in the first year. We will need puppy raisers, government lesion, puppy sitters, back up care givers, volunteers to carry on our group in future years, along with connections with Alaska Air, local transportation providers (Tempsco etc.), vet services, food providers, Seattle stopovers, and anything else you are able to provide.
If you are interested or have any questions or concerns, please email me your name, email address and a phone number, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. There is no commitment if you email.
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