Co-Pilot: Raise a Pilot Puppy
What is a Co-Pilot?
Co-Pilots are volunteer puppy raisers who care for our Pilot Puppies until they can start their advanced guide dog training…the puppies get to experience a loving home environment, learn important household manners, and form positive habits. All of this contributes to their future success as a Pilot Dog, ultimately leading to transforming the life of someone who is blind or visually impaired, or a veteran who has selflessly served our country.
Sharing the Love: Raising a Pilot Puppy
Our crew of Co-Pilots helps raise our Pilot Puppies from the time they are approximately two months old until the age of about 18 months. If you aren't able to raise a puppy from start to finish, that's okay...we have plenty of short-term options available, from a few weeks to a few months.
Co-Pilot Assistance: You're Never Flying Solo!
We are committed to ensuring that you have a successful and rewarding Co-Pilot experience, and will provide you with all the tools that you need:
- A leash, a collar, a vest, a starter toy, starter food, and flea/tick/heartworm preventatives
- Free veterinary care
- Free boarding if you need to go out of town and can't take your Pilot Puppy
- Hands-on, comprehensive obedience training at our world-class training facility
- Infinite amounts of puppy kisses and unconditional love
We'll be there for you with continuous feedback, support, and partnership every step of the way!
Need more information? Check out these FAQs!If you have additional questions, send us a message or give us a call and we'll be happy to help!
The ability to give back in that way was indescribable. Nothing can compare. If it’s ever been something someone has thought of doing - go for it. I do not have one single regret from my experience, and if time in my personal life ever allows for me to puppy raise again, I will come SPRINTING back to Pilot Dogs at the earliest opportunity.
My dedication to this program was very rewarding, and a wonderful way to give back to the community and give a visually impaired or blind client an opportunity for increased independence. It can be a life-changing experience!
A Pilot Dog handler told us that her dog is her only freedom. We love that! Imagine the little pup you raise could set someone free. A Pilot Dog can change a person’s life because their dog becomes their eyes. Dare you dream that you can make a difference? Yes you can! You can change a life, one cute puppy at a time.