Below is a list of common questions regarding our club, puppies, and The Seeing Eye, Inc. For further information contact our club secretary, Rachel Jeronimus (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit The Seeing Eye's website at: www.seeingeye.org.
Q: How do I become a puppy raiser?
A: To be come a puppy raiser for The Rutgers University Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club one must become a puppy sitter (how to become a sitter is below) and attend club meetings and events on a regular basis. One must also puppy sit all breeds, genders, and age groups in our club in order to gain the most experience with the different types. The vice president then chooses whom will raise with assistance from other E-board members, raisers, alumni advisors, and the area coordinator from The Seeing Eye, Inc.
Q: How do I become a puppy sitter?
A: To be come a puppy sitter one must attend two general meetings and the puppy sitter lecture. Following the lecture a puppy sitter quiz will be given. If one passes the quiz he/she can become a puppy sitter but must continue to attend meetings and events.
Q: Why do some of our puppies have a muzzle?
A: Our Seeing Eye puppies do not wear muzzles the head halter one may see on our puppies is called a Gentle Leader. It is used to help our puppies relax and help the handler gain better control of a puppy when he/she is overly excited. The harness still allows the puppy to open his or her mouth, lick its lips, yawn, and eat. The straps wrap around the back of the puppy's head and buckle behind the ears in order to engage trigger points that release endorphins that help relax the puppy.
Q: Why do raisers use training collars on The Seeing Eye puppies?
A: The Seeing Eye puppies are introduced to a training collar at six months of age if necessary in order to help the raiser control powerful and excitable puppies. The training collar is properly fitted by area coordinators to ensure that it works correctly. When the puppies return to The Seeing Eye they will see nothing but a training collar throughout his/her training there so exposure to a training collar at a young age is helpful in training as well.
Q: Why can our puppies go to class but pets are not allowed?
A: The Rutgers University Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club has an agreement with Rutgers University to allow Seeing Eye puppies in our club to enter all Rutgers buildings excluding: labs, dormitories, dining halls, and classes while exams are in session. Attending class gives the puppies a chance to walk on leash to the classroom, ride a bus, and learn to entertain his/herself while class is in session. This exposure will help when a graduate of The Seeing Eye attends his/her job and needs The Seeing Eye Dog to lay at his/her feet and remain quiet throughout the work day. Many graduates of The Seeing Eye use public transportation and walking as his/her main means of transportation so exposure to the Rutgers bus system and crowded sidewalks of a university help the puppy later in life.
Q: What does a puppy raiser do?
Puppy raisers are responsible for giving a puppy a safe home, care, and LOVE. As a raiser one must teach the puppy basic obiedience as per The Seeing Eye's regulations; these include: sit, down, rest (stay), and come and sit. House manners are also taught to our puppies so that they do not jump on people, furniture, and are house broken. Exposure is one of the most important parts of a raisers responsibilities. Exposing the young puppy to as many things as possible in order to help them be better accustomed to noises and confident as a Seeing Eye Dog.