VOLUNTEER Puppy Raiser for a non-profit.
Our Puppy Raisers are very special people, and we depend on them to help get our puppies off on the right paw.
As a Puppy Raiser you will be teaching the pup about love, trust, bravery, basic obedience, and socialization.
You’ll take your pup just about everywhere you go: to movies, church, theme parks, bowling, restaurants, stores and malls! They can go with you on vacations within the United States. You’ll expose them all the things they could encounter as working Service Dogs so they become confident and comfortable in any situation.
Puppies are constantly learning during their first year of life! You’ll enjoy attending our specialized training classes and outings along with other Puppy Raisers and learn to teach your puppy basic obedience commands like sit, down, stay, heel and come. We encourage you to have as much fun as possible with your puppy!
Becoming a volunteer Puppy Raiser of a future Service Dog is a 14 to 16 month-long commitment of time, energy and love. Every day through care and training, Puppy Raisers provide the critical foundation that puppies need to begin formal Service Dog training. There are few things in this world more heart-warming than seeing your pup work seamlessly with its disabled handler and knowing that you’ve given someone a level of independence that s/he didn’t have before. Where else can one person have this much FUN making such a direct, profound, positive impact on another person’s life?
We prefer that our raisers live in the Southern California area, but exceptions might be made under special circumstances. Children and pets in the household are a plus!
The most important trait of puppy raisers is the dedication to provide daily care to a puppy and consistency in its socializing and training. If you decide to open your home to a puppy, you will receive a Puppy Raising Manual to help you prepare your puppy for success.