Breeding Dog Holder - Stud

If you have space in your home and heart, for a guide dog dad 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 future dad who will be shaping the next generation of guide dogs. 

I know the dogs aren’t mine, but it’s a real privilege to look after such a lovely animal and have their love and affection. I get to meet a lovely bunch of people, and next Monday we’re meeting for our monthly get together to hear about their dogs and lives.
Ruth, Breeding Dog Holder
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What you’ll be doing 

  • Providing care and support for a guide dog dad within your home e.g., loving, grooming, and feeding them.
  • Engaging with our first-class training techniques to implement with a guide dog dad.
  • Transporting a guide dog dad to the National Centre, to support bringing the next generation of guide dogs in the world.
  • Ensuring the dog is not left alone for more than 4 hours in a 24-hour period.

You’ll ideally have 

  • Have a loving home with a secure garden.
  • Access to a car, to support with any emergency veterinary care.
  • Live within an hour’s drive of the National Breeding 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 satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting people with sight loss to live actively, independently, and well.
  • The rewarding experience of knowing you’re supporting in bringing the next generation of guide dogs in the world.
  • The opportunity to have a loveable, canine companion, proven to reduce feelings of stress and improve fitness – you’ll be out walking rain or shine!
  • The chance to be part of the inspirational Guide Dogs Family, meeting like-minded people and interacting with a community of puppy raisers in your area.
  • A dedicated volunteer manager and fellow peers who will help support you throughout your role.

Training and support

Our volunteers have access to our bespoke training techniques to implement with their dog in training - a great bonus for any dog owners!

Our volunteers also receive lots of support from their volunteer managers to help them implement these training modules. 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.

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 guide dog dad and other materials needed.

What we need from you

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


Did you know you can raise a puppy whilst looking after a guide dog dad?