Service puppies-in-training are placed with Puppy Raisers from the time they are 7-8 weeks old, until they are transitioned to their adult dog training program, which is at approximatly 1 year later.
Service puppies-in-training spend most of every day with their puppy raisers, accompanying them to work and throughout their day to day activities. Puppy raisers introduce the puppies to beginner obedience and community outings once the puppy is old enough.
Adult Dog Raiser
Our adult dog raisers help prepare our service dogs-in-training by going on more outtings, working on more obedience and training until they are matched with their child and family and move on to do their life’s work when they are approximately 2 years old.
We require a number of volunteers to come and visit with our dogs during the day. These visits include relieving the dog, grooming them, and exercising them through walks or off-leash runs in a fenced area. If you enjoy visits with dogs and are able to commit two hours a week, this position could be for you!
We train several dogs at one time for our program and our instructors are very busy! We require special volunteers to come and help the instructors train our dogs! Training assistants come to the training facility once or twice a week and take a dog into public for training. If you have a few hours a week and would like to get some errands done with a dog, maybe this is for you!