The Puppy Place web site is funded through it's visitors. The proceeds of your donations and sales are used to support this site and guide dog puppy raisers whose work is essential to the development of future guide dogs.
The Puppy Place is devoted to promoting Seeing Eye and Guide Dog programs and schools located throughout the United States.
The staff has worked very hard to bring you a web site which is easy to use, while providing you with all the information that you need to learn more about Seeing Eye Dogs, Guide Dogs and puppy raising. You can navigate your way around this site by choosing where you would like to go from using either the
navigation links or the site map.
Note: Our new website with a brand new re-design will be up and running shortly! Due to some browser compatability problems it has been delayed.
Keeping Your Pet Safe
Traveling with your pet, whether your pet is a dog, horse or cat, can be a fun way to spend time with your favorite furry friend. How do you keep your beloved animal safe while traveling? Travel & Safety are major concerns for all pet owners. There are many pet supplies that can keep your pet safe and secure like the ones at www.regalpaws.co.uk, however you choose to travel.If you like to bicycle and you have a small dog, bike attachments can help to keep you dog safe while allowing you both to enjoy a bicycle ride. Be sure to let your dog become accustomed to riding in the bike attachment gradually. You don't want your pet to jump out of the attachment and possibly injure itself. It is important to use reflectors for your bike as well as a reflective vest for your dog. Visibility while traveling where there is traffic is paramount to keeping you both safe.Lots of pets enjoy riding in the car with their people. There are several ways to keep Travel & Safety a priority while traveling with your pet in your car. If your vehicle has a large cargo area, you can place a crate for your pet in the cargo area. If you don't have room for a crate in your vehicle, pet seat belts and harnesses can be a good substitute. However, most cats won't tolerate a seat belt or harness. In that case, your best bet may be the use of an enclosed car seat. Keeping your pet restrained while in your vehicle is better for both their safety and yours.There are many supplies needed for Travel & Safety if you are traveling with your horse. Shipping boots, a breakaway halter and a good lead rope are a few of the basic essentials. Mats for the floor of the trailer help keep your horse from slipping and hurting itself while the trailer is moving. However, remember that you also need to keep safety in mind while riding you horse. If you are riding where cars could be passing you, reflective clothes for you and reflective tack for your horse is a good choice Wearing an orange vest or jacket is a good way to make sure you are properly identified as a horse and it's rider during hunting season. Being seen is just as important for you and your horse as it is for you and your dog.There are many great pet supplies that will help you keep your favorite animal safe while you enjoy many trips together. Travel & Safety are important whether just going for a routine vet visit or traveling somewhere for fun. For most pet owners, keeping their animal safe just means being prepared and acquiring the right pet supplies. Once you have the right equipment go out and enjoy.
New at The Puppy Place!
The Puppy Place Cookbook
The Puppy Place Cookbook is now here and pre-orders are now being taken to help raise very needed donations for guide dog and puppy raising program.
These cookbooks are not for sale, but a donation per book is requested in the amount of $15.00, which includes Shipping & Handling. The Puppy Place Cookbook is also available to download
online in either PDF or Word format.
Our cookbook contains 150 of our memberâ€™s most loved recipes such as: Aunt Juneâ€™s Chicken Pasta salad with poppy seed dressing and Grannyâ€™s Picked Corn.
For more information on how to reserve your copy of The Puppy Place's Cookbook please use this link to our new page: Puppy Place Cookbook
The Guide Dog Puppy Story
There once was an adorable German Shepherd puppy who's name was
"Thunder". Thunder was a Guide Dog puppy in training. We are what you call "Puppy Raisers". This means that we are volunteers who's job is to take a Guide Dog Puppy into our home at approximately eight weeks of age, and for the next 14 to 16 months it will receive love, basic obedience and socialization. At around eighteen months of age, we returned Thunder back to his school for evaluation. Then when he met the criteria they looked for, such as good health and even temperament, Thunder continued with formal guide dog training at the school for a period of four to six months. Upon completion of his formal training, he was carefully matched with a blind student, taking into consideration his or her lifestyle and environment. In addition, the personalities of student and guide dog, size, strength, pace and energy levels of each are matched to ensure a harmonious relationship.
Thunder always accompanied us when we went into restaurants, businesses, churches, shopping centers, etc. to learn and experience situations which will he encountered on a daily basis before he became a guide dog. As Puppy Raisers we provided the necessary care for his development as a future guide dog. When Thunder was working, as with our new pup, he proudly wore a special jacket or coat, that identified him and his mission and, in most cases, allowed him entry into areas that would otherwise be inadmissible to dogs.
Back to School
Yes, then the emotional day came when it was time to return Thunder back to school to finish his training for a four-month advanced program. At that point he was taught a variety of commands, such as, "find the table" or "walk to the
elevator". He also learned left from right, forward from backward, and was taught what is called "intelligent disobedience." This means, if a dog is instructed to go forward but he sees danger ahead, he will not move until the danger has passed.
After successfully completing this program, Thunder was then matched with his new human partner, and they went through a 28-day on-site training session. This is a very emotional moment when the dog and recipient first meet. The trainer hands the dog over to the recipient and describes the dog's breed, coloring, size, and personality. There are not many dry eyes in the house during this process.
A Final Thought...
The work as a puppy raiser is vital to any guide dog program. After all, someone has to provide a potential service dog with a loving home, as well as with socialization and basic obedience lessons, before the dog is old enough to go on to advanced training. Guide Dog organizations turn to puppy raising volunteers to provide for these puppies' many needs.
A good puppy raiser is flexible and relaxed, has a sense of humor, is creative, and enjoys talking to people and being out in the community. A good puppy raiser clearly understands the reason puppy raisers are so important and is capable of handling the emotional ups and downs that go with giving unconditional love to a puppy who will only be around for a little more than a year. The work of puppy raisers is deeply appreciated by those people receiving the dog that has grown from a silly wild puppy into a mature, responsible member of a team.