Become a Puppy Raiser

Puppy Raisers take our pups at about eight weeks of age. They love and care for them. They participate in weekly classes at our Fidelco training center. Then, when the pups are approximately 14 to 16 months old, they return them to us for formal guide dog training.

Hundreds of families and individuals have participated in the Fidelco volunteer puppy raiser program over the years. They expose the pup to a wide variety of experiences in the home, on the street and in the world at large - the very things that the dogs will be required to handle as a guide for someone who is blind or visually impaired.

(This is NOT for prospective clients interested in a guide dog partnership and NOT for pet dog adoptions. Volunteer Puppy Raising, puppy sitting and breed care giving ONLY. Thank you.)


Taking an eight-week old Fidelco puppy into your home is both thrilling and nerve-wracking (at least for the first few days). Here are some frequently-asked questions about becoming a Fidelco puppy raiser.

Girl and Fidelco puppy


Fidelco puppy raisers are the first, important influence in the lives of our Fidelco pups. Without their love, dedication and patience, we could not produce the quality of guide dog that is a hallmark of Fidelco. Read about some of our puppy raisers and our clients in their testimonials.


Volunteer Puppy Raiser Resources

For our existing Puppy Raisers, click here for helpful resources including skills training videos, year-round photo submission portal, and more.

If you have additional questions, please call us at 860-243-4047 or e-mail us at Thank you for your interest in the Fidelco Volunteer Puppy Raiser program.