Stud Dog Holder

To provide accommodation and care for a stud dog in the home environment from approximately 12 months of age.

  • To provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment within a reasonable distance from the National Breeding Centre
  • To feed and care for the stud dog as directed and with advice from Guide Dogs
  • To regularly collect and deliver the stud dog, at pre-agreed times to the breeding centre, sometimes at short notice
  • To work in conjunction with Guide Dogs to develop the stud dog's social obedience as directed by Guide Dogs
  • To ensure if and when appropriate that the dog receives emergency veterinary care as soon as possible, and that Guide Dogs are informed at the earliest opportunity
  • All non-emergency health issues should be reported to the Dog Care & Welfare Team at the National Breeding Centre
  • At home and at the National Breeding Centre, Bishops Tachbrook, Warwickshire
  • Good communication skills
  • Dog handling experience preferred but not essential
  • Clean driving licence is desirable and access to a car you are insured to drive
  • Enabling Guide Dogs to continue its work with blind and partially-sighted people
  • A dog to look after in your own home
  • An opportunity to meet other volunteer stock holders
  • Regular and ongoing support from Guide Dogs
  • Basic induction to Guide Dogs and to the role
  • An opportunity to take part in any general Guide Dogs volunteer training that is available locally
  • Opportunity to attend dog training classes
  • Payment of out of pocket expenses agreed in advance
  • Not for this volunteer role
  • 18 years

Meet one of our existing Stud Dog Holders

He was always cuddled by children wherever he went. The children would lie on the carpet with the dog."


Ruth, a retired teacher, has been a Stud Dog Holder for 15 years. Here she tells us what she enjoys about the role.

"I’d lived with dogs all my life, and was approached by Guide Dogs and asked if I would like to look after a dog. I went for a stud as the children were young and I was working part time. Valdaz, a yellow lab, was a gentle giant – it was love at first sight. He had a working life for 10 years and fathered 267 pups.

He was always cuddled by children wherever he went. The children would lie on the carpet with the dog, opening the Christmas stocking with him and for him, talking to the dog as if he were a human being.

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.

Whatever else has happened in your day, you have to walk the dog, and by the time I have walked him I’m calm. He’s a de-stresser! Having a dog was crucial for me to relax after work. It’s my quality time. Even if it’s raining, it’s wonderful!

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."