Breeding Dog Holder - Brood

If you have space in your home and heart, for a guide dog mum who will be bringing the next generation of guide dogs in the world, then this could be the role for you! A role where you can care and nurture for a guide dog mum and plenty of little puppies when they arrive. 

It’s the best feeling to have a guide dog mum that will stay with us… to have the puppies is an absolutely wonderful bonus and we can’t wait for each litter to come.
Phillipa, Breeding Dog Holder

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What you’ll be doing 

  • Providing a loving home for a guide dog mum for around six years whilst they are in the breeding programme (with the option to re-home after this!).
  • Giving a guide dog mum the care and support that our canine companions need, like feeding and grooming.
  • Creating a safe environment for the guide dog mum when they are giving birth within your home and helping with the birth of future guide dogs. (You don’t need any previous experience – we have expert staff who will help you!) 
  • Providing care and support for the new-born puppies for the first seven to eight weeks, including socialising them to the new sounds and first-time experiences in your home. 

Can I care for a guide dog mum? 

If you want to care for a guide dog mum, here's what we ideally look for:

  • A loving home with a secure garden.
  • Access to a car, to support with any appointments needed for the guide dog mum.
  • Live within an hour’s drive of the National Centre in Leamington Spa.

If you don’t feel you tick every box, but are sure this role is the one for you, we’d love to hear from you! We’re always open to suggestions and are very happy to chat with you to discuss what’s possible, so please just get in touch at


What you’ll get 

  • The opportunity to have a lovable canine companion!
  • The satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting people with sight loss to live actively, independently, and well.
  • The rewarding experience of bringing the next generation of guide dogs in the world and caring for their mum.
  • Our volunteers have access to our bespoke training techniques to implement with their guide dog mum a great bonus for any dog owners! 
  • The opportunity to be part of the Guide Dogs Family, meeting like-minded people in your area.
  • A dedicated volunteer manager and fellow peers who will help support you throughout your role.

Training and support

Our volunteers also receive lots of support from their volunteer managers to help them implement the training modules, as well as managing the birth of new-born puppies. If you have questions about the training requirements, we can answer these at your interview along with any other support or accessibility needs you may have.

Will I have to pay?

Volunteering for Guide Dogs should never leave you out of pocket. We’ll make sure we pay any expenses related to volunteering with us, including veterinary costs, food costs for the puppy and other materials needed for the puppy’s training.

What we need from you

We ask that volunteers for this role are aged 18 or over.