Our mission is to raise calm, confident, well-socialized dogs that have a good busy routine, obedience and outstanding house manners.
This club has a somewhat selective membership process. First, the interested student would need to submit an online application to The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. They can do so at puppy.guidedog.org. Once they are in the system, their application can be sent to the Maryland chapter of the foundation. Students will be invited through email to attend classes. We can then work with the student to determine whether they will be a "puppy sitter", "co-raiser" or a "full-time raiser". To be a raiser or sitter, the student must complete at least 3 classes and another application. The rest of the process will be explained at class. We will not allow a student to raise a puppy in a dorm as there is not sufficient place for the puppy to live and grow. We will not allow freshmen to raise a puppy. However, if a student does live in a dorm or is a freshman, they may remain in or join the club as a "puppy sitter". All "full-time raisers" will be required to have a "secondary raiser". This is a UMD student who is a sophomore or above and also lives in an apartment or house. Our club has no fees; however, puppy raising does comes with some costs including: food and toys.