For Operation K9 to continue supporting our veterans, we rely on the great work volunteers provide to the Royal Society for the Blind, our partners in the program. Volunteer Puppy Educators are crucial to ensuring a steady supply of suitable dogs is available to meet demand.
Puppy Educators come from a variety of backgrounds, including stay at home parents, people who are employed and retirees. Children and other pets in the household are actually a plus, as they provide good socialisation opportunities for the pup.
Potential Puppy Educators must be over the age of 18, undergo a Police check and meet certain other criteria. The RSB provides everything required, including food, bedding and vet costs, along with specialist training and support to assist volunteers and their pups through the various learning stages.
RSB Guide and Assistance Dog pups are billeted with their Puppy Educators at the age of eight weeks and stay for approximately 12 to 14 months. During this time, the pups become accustomed to a variety of different environments and learn how to walk on leash, distraction techniques and basic commands. Throughout their training, the dogs are assessed to determine where they will be best suited; supporting a South Australian who is blind or vision impaired, or as an Operation K9 Dog.
If you’d like to find out more about becoming an RSB Puppy Educator and support our Operation K9 partners, free call 1800 664 577, or email firstname.lastname@example.org