What does it mean to become a breeding dog carer?
Our breeding dogs need a place to call home while they are in the breeding program. Your new furry roommate will be with you long-term with the exception of periodic stays on site, meaning they will give you lots of love in return.
By being a breeding dog carer you are playing an important role in ensuring the success of our Guide Dog program and giving one of our dogs a loving place to call home.
Looking after one of our breeding dogs is a wonderful option if you would love to have a happy dog to come home to.
Making a Guide Dog
It takes almost two years to breed, raise and train just one Guide Dog.
You can help me learn!
0 - 8 weeks old
I live in the nursery with my Mum and siblings. Here I start finding my feet and learning more about the world around me.
8 weeks - 18 months old
I’m so excited to go and live in the community with my Puppy Raiser! My new family takes me on lots of outings so I can gain new skills and experiences.
18 - 24 months old
I return to the kennels to start my formal training when I’m about 18 months old. My trainer teaches me everything I need to know to be a Guide Dog!
2 years old
After years of training I’m ready to start the job I was born for. My handler is carefully picked from the Queenslanders on our waiting list to make sure we’re the paw-fect match.
I love being a Guide Dog!
How can I help?
Spending time in a loving home is a great way for our dogs to socialise and get used to the home environment.
What do the roles involve?
Our dogs love a social environment and will want to be your best pal, therefore we are looking for carers who have a flexible schedule and are able to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the dog. This includes not leaving the dog by itself for long periods, exercising them, allowing them to sleep indoors and administering medication if required.
Your main role is to ensure that the dog is comfortable, healthy and happy – which they will be when they get to spend time with you!
All expenses including food, equipment, and veterinary visits will be covered by Guide Dogs Queensland.
What support will I get?
Basic training skills (for the humans!)
As a breeding dog carer, you’ll learn basic training techniques to practice at home with the dog that you board. You may also need to attend some classes onsite at our Training Centre in Bald Hills that will give you the skills you need to provide consistency in your home environment.
All the equipment you need
Our friendly team will make sure you have all the necessary equipment to care for our dogs in your home. This includes food, bedding and toys.
We’re always here to help
We’re here whenever you need us to provide you with support and answer any questions and concerns you may have about the dog you're boarding.
What skills or experience are required?
You don’t need any existing skills to become one of our breeding dog carers. If you’re passionate about dogs and willing to put in the time to help them on their journey, then you’re probably perfect for the job.
Prior experience with dogs can be helpful in making sure you’re comfortable, but if you’re willing to learn it’s not a requirement. We’ll ensure that you get any support you need in preparation for boarding your first dog.
The application process
Our simple application process helps us and you determine whether you’re the paw-fect fit for our boarding program.
If you think caring for a breeding dog could be for you, click here to register your interest and apply online.
A member of our friendly team will get in touch with you for an initial discussion and to set up a time to meet in person.
In person assessment
Our team will meet with you for an in-depth conversation where we can answer all your questions.
You will get to join some classes to experience the program before receiving your dog. This will give you the chance to make sure it’s definitely for you.
Meet your furry new roommate
We will ask you to come and collect your new furry companion, along with the equipment we’re providing you. Don’t forget, we’ll be here to support you the whole way!