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They say it takes a village to raise a child, and the same can be said for a guide dog. It’s amazing to realize that 368 people have a hand in the development of each Southeastern Guide Dog. But one crucial person has the most influence — the Puppy Raiser.
Puppy Raisers are volunteers who take a cuddly 9- to 10-week-old puppy into their homes and hearts; love it, train it, care for it, expose it to the world around them. Then, after 12-16 months, they return it to Southeastern just when it is getting to be a well-behaved young dog. Sound interesting? Well, there’s more … they also attend twice-a-month meetings/exposures/obedience sessions, follow the 100-plus-page puppy training manual and act as an educator/ambassador for Southeastern to the general public who invariably have numerous questions about their pup.
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