Are You Interested In Puppy Sitting?

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Last week Apache went back to school to start his formal guide dog training.  It’s both a happy and sad day.  Happy because he gets to start the next leg in his journey to becoming a guide dog and sad because I will miss having him by my side every day.  However, there are always 2 questions I get asked when I bring my puppy back to school:

  1. When would you like to get another puppy?
  2. Are you interested in puppy sitting?

Actually question #1 usually gets asked before turn in, during turn in, and after turn in.  Why not?  Who could resist an adorable little puppy?  Like I said last week…on our way out we stopped by the nursery to see the adorable puppies…


Black Lab Puppy
I’m a little black Labrador Retriever Golden Retriever Cross Puppy

Who could resist that face?  Well, apparently me because when the GDA Puppy Department asked me: “When would you like to get another puppy?”  My answer was that I’d like to take a little break from puppy raising.

However, I had no problem answering yes when I was asked:  “Are you interested in puppy sitting?” It’s been less than a week since Apache was turned in to the school and already I’ve agreed to 2 puppy sitting assignments.

The good news about this past weeks puppy sitting assignment…lots of puppy pics to share!  We post most of our puppy pics to our Facebook page so make sure you “like” our Facebook page.

Puppy Sitting

I like puppy sitting guide dog pups because it’s like puppy raising, but it’s usually a short term assignment anywhere from 1 day to maybe a couple weeks.  It gives you a chance to work on the same puppy obedience training, socialization, house manners that you do with your own guide dog puppy in training.

We’ve been puppy sitting an 8 week old yellow Labrador Retriever named Toby who’s the cutest most adorable puppy in the world!  Actually, I’ll let you decide.  Take a look at some of his pics:

Toby with his new toy
Toby loves playing with his doggy toys!

Yep, that’s Toby!   He even has a little smile on his face in that picture.  Irresistible!  Toby is learning that he can’t harass Stetson and Linus all day and sometimes he needs to just play by himself with his toys.

Toby cradle position
Cradling Toby the bat!

In honor of the release of the latest Batman movie: The Dark Knight Rises, Toby is doing his best Batman impersonation!

Honestly, we’re just teaching Toby to be calm while he’s cradled.  It’s important for us to teach our puppy to be cradled and handled.  A blind person will need to be able to run their hands all over their guide dog in order to check for any health problems.  We practice with our puppy on his back between our legs feeling his tail, ears, face, legs, paws, and chest.  Sometimes it takes a little while to get a puppy used to being cradled and handled so we make sure and work on this with all of our pups.

Toby and the giant teddy bear
Toby got a new doggy toy today…

It’s good to have lots of different textured dog toys for your puppy.  Okay, so maybe this is an extreme example, but just in case you didn’t notice puppy’s like to chew.  That is why I recommend many different textured toys (KONG, Nylabone, Plush toys, etc.) because once your puppy gets bored with one type of textured dog toy you can swap it out for a completely different type of toy.  This makes it more interesting for you pup.

Was I right?  Is Toby the cutest little thing you’ve ever seen?  I’m really enjoying puppy sitting Toby and I will definitely be sad to see him go.  However, my next puppy sitting assignment will start next week so there will be no time to rest.

If you’re interested in puppy raising or puppy sitting guide dog puppies then please let me know by sending an email through our contact form or just leave us a comment below.

So how about you?  Are you a puppy sitter or a puppy raiser?

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    1. The pup’s aren’t allowed to play with the giant bear, but in general the plush dog toys don’t last long at all with my dogs.

  1. OMG! Toby cuteness overload! That must be great to get your puppy fix through puppy sitting, until of course you are ready for another one!

    1. Hi Jen,

      Puppy sitting really just reminds me how difficult the first couple months are when raising a guide dog puppy. Toby is actually a very good puppy, but he still has a bladder the size of a pea!

      Take care,

    1. Hi Jessica,

      Thanks for liking our page! So far the Lab and Golden pups don’t like the cradling immediately, but it doesn’t take long for them to get used to it.

      Take care,

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