"Puppies like me are born to be guide or assistance dogs; all we really need are some nice people to look after us, educate and play with us until we grow up and go to work in the big world as proper working dogs."
What our volunteer puppy walkers do?
The puppy walkers's job is to rear the puppy and educate it so that it becomes a well-mannered, well adjusted, socially acceptable animal. This education forms an essential foundation for the future.
How do we support our volunteer puppy walkers?
We host a variety of practical workshops for Puppy Walkers to aid their knowledge and assist them with dog handling skills.
Our Puppy Walking Supervisors work closely with each Puppy Walker, keeping in regular contact and visiting to monitor the puppy's progress - all to enable our volunteer Puppy Walker to successfully socialise their respective puppy.
All veterinary fees and feeding costs are covered by Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Which kinds of people make ideal puppy walkers?
Retired people and families with children generally make good puppy walkers, but anyone can apply and having pets doesn't necessarily exclude people. The important thing is that the person is able to spend time caring and teaching the puppy.
Furthermore, it is important to note that applications are evaluated according to various criteria, the most important of which are:
There needs to be an adult at home full time;
Puppies cannot be placed in homes where there are children under the age of five.
How to apply to become a volunteer puppy walker
If you are interested in becoming a Puppy Walker, please complete the Puppy Walker Application Form on the Irish Guide Dogs website. Alternatively, please call us on lo-call 1850 506 300.
We are eternally grateful to the Nairn family that puppy walked Clive for the first year of his life!
Clive has made an incredible difference to the life and Murray and his whole family and that is thanks to Irish Guide Dogs and especially his puppy walkers who did all the hard work during the first 12 months of Clive's life ...
Please consider becoming a Volunteer Puppy Walker - Irish Guide Dogs urgently need more puppy walkers!
- Clive & Co
Puppy in training - Quinn - has just headed back down to Cork for early training in the IGDB Training Centre - check out his blog here .....
Puppy in training - Roxy - has moved over to France for a few months before her puppy walker embarks on a fantastic fundraising horse trek in France to raise money for the Autism Assistance Dog Programme - check out her blog here ....