Providing Dog Guides to Canadians with Disabilities
Foster Puppy Program

Foster families are now welcome back into our vet clinics.  One person to attend appointments with their foster puppy. Guests must wear a mask while entering the facility and have no COVID related symptoms. 

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The purpose of the Foster Puppy Program is to socialize the Foundation’s puppies, teach them proper house manners and basic obedience in a home environment in preparation for formal training as a Dog Guide.

  • Puppies live with their fosters for up to 16 months 
  • Foster families train the puppies on basic obedience skills and socialization 
  • All vet, food and training expenses are covered by LFCDG 
  • Must live within a maximum of 75 minutes from our Oakville or Breslau (Kitchener-Waterloo / Guelph area) training facilities 
  • Labrador retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles 
  • Fully supported by a team of puppy professionals 
  • Classes are held online and in-person to help fosters with puppy development 
  • Previous puppy experience is an asset 
If you're interested, here are some additional Things to Know.

If the puppy successfully completes training, the foster family will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony.

If you wish to be considered for this program, please complete and submit our application form.

Once we receive your application, we will contact you to arrange a home visit.

Please contact the Puppy Program staff at any time if you have questions or comments.

All Foster Families are required to have an up-to-date Police Record check.

Puppy Program Supervisor:
Lisa Kruitwagen: (905) 842-2891 Ext. 228   or  lkruitwagen@dogguides.com

Puppy Program Staff:
Jewel Keca: (905) 842-2891 Ext. 287 or jkeca@dogguides.com
Lucy Harbach: (905) 842-2891 Ext. 280 or lharbach@dogguides.com
Kate Schreiter: (905) 842-2891 Ext. 288 or  kschreiter@dogguides.com
Allison Maxwell: (519) 648-3780 Ext. 229 or  amaxwell@dogguides.com