Deadline to apply for February 2019 Puppy Raiser class: January 22, 2019.
This application is for both Volunteer Puppy Raisers, and Vacation Relief Volunteers to complete.
Raising a Service Dog puppy is incredibly rewarding, but it’s also a LOT of work. Much more work than raising a pet puppy. Either your pup will graduate, and you’ll help change someone’s life with this service dog, or the pup will be released from our program, and you may adopt him/her if you wish.
You will spend an average of 1-2 hours a day caring for your pup, exercising them, training them, loving them, and taking them on outings to socialize them. The first 6 months you have the puppy will be the most intensive work for you. Particularly demanding are the period from when you receive the puppy (probably 8-10 weeks old) through 14-16 weeks of age. The pup will need frequent toilet breaks, and a LOT of supervision. Puppies need constant supervision during at least the first year. A puppy is high energy, and will need a fenced area where the pup can run and release pent up energy. If you don’t have a fenced yard, hopefully you know a neighbor or friend who will let you use their yard. You’ll also need to give your pup several vigorous walks a day as well. You’ll spend time taking the pup on numerous outings each week to expand its knowledge of the world, and build its confidence – required of service dogs. We’ll help you create an incredible dog but it will require true commitment from you! Read our blog post about becoming a volunteer puppy raiser.
Thanks for your interest and support.