Puppy Raiser for a future service dog
Have you ever thought about being a puppy raiser for a future service dog? Well, here’s your chance! This is your opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life and in the life of a dog.
The Puppy Raiser family shares their home with the dog, teaching it to be a good citizen. This involves house-training the pup, teaching it basic obedience and most importantly, socializing the pup and exposing it to everyday activities such as shopping, riding a bus, going to church, soccer games, getting used to all types of people and animals, etc. The formal service dog training begins once it meets the standard requirements and returns to Golden Healer Service Dogs, generally 1 year to 18 months.
What to expect:
1. You won’t be paid for being a Puppy Raiser.
There may be personal costs involved. The pup’s food and basic vet bills, repairing any damage and puppy proofing your house are the responsibility of the Puppy Raiser family.
2. You have to pass an application process to obtain the puppy.
We don’t require Puppy Raisers to have previous service dog raising experience. You must be willing and available for a trainer to make monthly visits to check on the pup’s progress. Each service dog is extremely important to the success of our work and mission, so we will be monitoring the puppies closely.
3. Be ready to part with the dog after a year.
It doesn’t take long to create a bond with the puppy you are caring for. Know that all your training and hard work will finally be paying off about the time you have to let the dog go live somewhere else, just when it’s finally starting to become a well-behaved dog. You can handle it because you knew you did it to make someone’s life better.
4. Get ready to take your dog everywhere.
A future service dog requires much more attention than a typical puppy. The pup needs to get used to any situation, which means you have to take the puppy almost everywhere you go. It wears a future service dog vest, so the pup is allowed almost anywhere. Planning a family vacation? Well, can the pup go along too?
5. You and your future service dog will change a life.
You will get to meet the person who your dog is placed with. Imagine how rewarding it would be to know you raised a puppy that went on to be a service dog to a person who really needed one. Many people in need of a service dog are currently on a waiting list waiting for that perfect companion.
6. A lot of attention will be on you and your service dog in training.
People will ask questions when they see your dog with a service vest. You can use this opportunity to teach others about the importance of training. It will also get old explaining about your dog over and over again and dealing with people who want to pet your puppy while he is “working.”
7. You will be working with experienced dog trainers.
You will get to learn about advanced dog training from experienced trainers and handlers. We require bi-monthly meetings where all the volunteer Puppy Raisers meet to learn about training strategies.
8. It’s an excuse to have a puppy for a year.
The most appealing part about this kind of volunteering is you get to have a dog at its cutest stage and all for a good cause. What could be better than that?
So, take the next step and fill out the Puppy Raiser Application Form here and apply to be a Puppy Raiser today!
Puppy Raiser Application
We need volunteer Puppy Sitters that can help when our Puppy Raisers take vacation or need a break.
Volunteer for events / fundraisers
We’re always in need of help setting up and running events for education and fundraising, puppy play days, cleaning, etc.
Become a Sponsor
We’re always excited to work with our sponsors and add new ones. Thank you for your interest in becoming a Golden Healer Service Dogs sponsor. We look forward to hearing from you. Please complete and submit the form below to get started. We’ll contact you to follow-up.