Hug a Puppy


A puppy puts the world in perspective. There’s nothing better than a soft little furball tugging on your shoestring or a bundle of energy on your lap.

But don’t be fooled. These are no ordinary puppies. And yours are no ordinary hugs.

When you arrive on campus to hug our puppies, you are helping us achieve the ultimate level of socialization needed to develop world-class guide dogs; dogs that are comfortable with people and accustomed to stimulation. Later they’ll learn to focus on their job despite the distractions, but early on, these fun sessions help them prepare for life as a guide dog.

Our Puppy Hugging program has experienced record-breaking attendance and growing popularity. We now offer our visitors the option to make an advanced, guaranteed reservation. For just $5.00 per person (which helps us buy puppy food!), we’ll reserve a puppy-hugging spot just for you. Now you won’t have to wait or miss out on the puppy lovin’ fun.  (Note: no-cost reservations are available on the first Monday of every month.

If you’d like to stop by on a standby basis, feel free to come to our Puppy Hugging sessions without a reservation or fee. We regret that we cannot guarantee a place, however. Our puppies are just babies, so for their protection we don’t want to crowd the play space, and advanced reservations will enjoy priority hugging.

So please make your reservations in advance to ensure you get your dose of puppy time. (After all, you deserve a puppy hug today.)

Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday
Session A: 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Session B: 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Puppy Hugging will be closed from April 15-April 30, 2014

Puppy Hugging reservations may be made up to two months in advance and are limited to 20 people per session. To make your reservation, click the below button.




Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.
4210 77th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221
Telephone: 941.729.5665 | Fax: 941.729.6646

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