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Type: Journal article
Title: The experience of being a guide dog puppy raiser volunteer: a longitudinal qualitative collective case study
Author: Chur-Hansen, A.
Werner, L.
McGuiness, C.
Hazel, S.
Citation: Animals, 2015; 5(1):1-12
Publisher: MDPI
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 2076-2615
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Anna Chur-Hansen, Lucy-Kate Werner, Clare E. McGuiness, and Susan Hazel
Abstract: There are no published studies that consider the experiences of guide dog puppy raisers. As these people are volunteers, their continued willingness to participate in the training of dogs for assisting the vision impaired and blind is essential for the viability of guide dog schools around the world. Using a qualitative, longitudinal methodology, data were collected from nine guide dog puppy raisers at four time points: before receiving the puppy, one week, then three months after the puppy arrived, and 13 months after the puppy arrived (at which time all puppies had left the raisers). Participants reported more challenges than benefits in raising the puppies. Volunteering to be a guide dog puppy raiser may not be the pleasant experience that is anticipated when community members first offer their services. Understanding what it is like to be a puppy raiser and working towards ways in which to address problems is essential, given that, without volunteers to train and care for puppies, vision impaired and blind people would not have access to guide dogs.
Keywords: guide dogs; health psychology; volunteering; human-animal studies; qualitative methods
Rights: ©2014 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (
RMID: 0030022015
DOI: 10.3390/ani5010001
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