Puppy Raising Program

Where The Journey Begins

Our Puppy Raisers Program are volunteer families who agree to welcome a service dog into their home. These homes are where our young puppies’ training and socialization takes an important turn; it is here that they become comfortable with home life, learn basic obedience, and begin to experience the world through the love an dedication of our volunteer families.

Puppy raisers will be asked to take our puppies everywhere—to work, out to eat, on trips, and even grocery shopping. This real-world training imitates the experiences that our service dogs need to successfully help become the best service dog possible for our clients.

The Puppy Raising Program experience requires a great deal of commitment, time, energy, and focus. It’s an unforgettable and rewarding experience, and most puppy raisers choose to participate again and again. One of the hardest parts of the program is saying goodbye to this wonderful service dog that our volunteers have helped train. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for our Puppy Raiser Program, review the FAQ’s, take our online self-assessment and submit your application. If you need further information prior to submitting an application, contact, Cheri Campbell, Director of Training at cheri@sdwr.org.

How Do I Apply To Become A Puppy Raiser?

If the time is right, you can start the process by completing our secure online application to start your journey:

Once we receive your application, we will review your information with our staff and contact you if we have more questions. Should your application be accepted, we will need to set up a home visit. Upon approval and successful completion of a background check, we will place you on our puppy waiting list. Wait time can vary.

 

PUPPY RAISER APPLICATION: