The most common reason we hear why people won’t be a puppy raiser for us is they could never give the dog up.
This is a win/win opportunity for you.
If you decide to become a service dog puppy raiser, it is because you want to help someone less fortunate than yourself. That guides your actions through the time you raise the pup. All your actions are guided by your raising a service dog pup to help someone else, rather than a pet dog for yourself.
If the dog graduates, you’ll have the incredibly heartwarming experience – truly unmatched, of knowing the Service Dog you helped create will go on to change someone in need’s life.
You will have learned a lot about dogs, and dog training, while you’re raising the pup, under the guidance of our trainers.
If the puppy doesn’t graduate (at least a 33% chance), at our discretion, you can adopt the pup. We do look to see if the dog can still help someone as an emotional support dog before offering it to the raiser to adopt. If the dog graduates, you’ll know you’ve helped create joy, ease, and independence for the recipient and their family. This precious dog will now assist the recipient, and change their life.
You’ll put a lot of time and effort into raising a service dog pup, but you’ll get a lot out of it. This is a volunteer opportunity where you’ll truly make a difference.