Help me change lives this tax time

Help our puppies become qualified Guide Dogs through our Early Puppy Development Program.

Help me change lives this tax time

Help me change lives this tax time

Help our puppies become qualified Guide Dogs through our Early Puppy Development Program.

Help me change lives this tax time Donate today

Did you know that only 40% of pups in training become fully qualified, working Guide Dogs?

Whilst this is in line with international standards, we are always striving for improvement in order to meet the increased demand for highly skilled Guide Dogs.

Currently, pups born at our Cute HQ do not undertake any type of formal early learning program to prepare them to live in the community. Their learning is limited to basic nurturing and training prior to going to their puppy raising homes at around eight weeks of age.

With generous support from the community, we will be able to deliver the Early Puppy Development Program, which will provide our pups with a more structured program – one that will increase their confidence and resilience so that they can better cope with the sights and sounds of life outside Cute HQ.

Two very small yellow puppies are sleeping, snuggled up on a white blanket.

By supporting this program, Guide Dogs Victoria will be able to:

  • Purchase specific equipment such as a puppy pram and walking machine – both critical in reducing the risk of infection and allowing the commencement of familiarisation of walking on a lead at an earlier age.
  • Access a greater number of training tools specific to each pup prior to being matched to the most appropriate puppy raiser
  • Upskill our nursery staff to provide greater socialisation for our pups
  • Deliver an integrated program that exposes our pups to environments that simulate the real world
  • Raise more confident, robust pups with increased ability to cope with the demands of their role
  • Increase the number of pups graduating as qualified, highly skilled Guide Dogs
A yellow pup named Anita is sitting on the edge of a stone wall. She's looking off to her right like she's about to play

A fully qualified Guide Dog can provide independence, confidence and socialisation and help our Clients overcome so many daily challenges. That is why Guide Dogs Victoria is committed to increasing the success rate of our pups in training – and our Early Puppy Development Program will do just that.

Your support enables us to ensure that some of Victoria’s most vulnerable individuals maintain their dignity, independence and social inclusion.