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Foster care

Persons interested in rearing a foster dog are invited to telephone us for further information.

Tel. +41 61 487 95 95 or +41 61 487 95 80 Secretariat Foster Care

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The foster care period

At ten weeks, puppies are entrusted to foster carers (also known as “puppy walkers”) who look after the young dogs for twelve to fifteen months, i.e. until training begins. The main duties of the foster carers are to provide a good basic education and to make sure the dog gets on well with people as well as with other animals. Staff at our school support and advise foster carers throughout the fostering period, helping them to understand the dog and to raise it correctly.

 

Regular training events supplement the special nurturing that paves the way for the dog’s future role. The animal’s veterinary costs, its food and dog tax are paid by the school.

 

Requirements to be met by foster carers

  • Raising a puppy to become a guide dog in training is a demanding task requiring a good physical and mental constitution.
  • Maximum age at registration: 65 years
  • Since so much time is required, the carer is unlikely to be able to undertake employment outside the home. If two partners are in part-time employment, the puppy’s care may be divided between them.
  • The carer must be willing to take part in regular training events (dog training).
  • Each family member must agree to the keeping of a foster dog.
  • Age of children: at least preschool age.
  • A carer should live in or near a town. If country-based, he/she must be able to accustom the dog to a town environment at least 2 to 3 times a week.
  • If a carer lives in rented accommodation, the property owner’s consent must be sought.
  • The foster home does not need to have a garden.
  • Costs for the dog's food and veterinary costs are being paid by the school.
  • If there is another dog in the same household, this will not necessarily exclude fostering. In such cases, we will be happy to look into the situation on an individual basis with you.

  • Singles with plenty of time to devote to a foster dog are also suitable.

The path to a foster puppy

If you are interested in raising a foster puppy, please contact us, and we will send you a questionnaire. You can return the completed questionnaire. Or you can hand it to us when you take part in a guided tour during one of our visiting days (every first Saturday of the month, 14:00h). Participating in this tour is a prerequisite - just as receipt of the questionnaire - before we send you further information on fostering our puppies. Thereafter one of our foster care advisors will contact you to make an appointment to visit you at your place of residence. This offers the possibility to get to know each other and to answer any arising questions.

 

Should both, the School as well as you, be in favor of a future cooperation, your name is added to the waiting list for foster carers. We will then contact you as soon as a puppy needs a safe, exciting and friendly home.