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Where The Journey Begins

Our Service Dog Raisers Program are volunteer families who agree to welcome a future service dog into their home. Training and socialization takes an important turn in these homes for our young service dogs in training. It is here that they become comfortable with home life, learn basic obedience, and begin to experience the world through the love and dedication of our volunteers. These families help turn puppies into future lifesaving service dogs by providing them with important training and obedience skills. We place labradors and golden retrievers. In EXTREME cases of allergies (which must be verified by a doctor), SDWR also places doodles.

Service Dog Raisers will be asked to take our service dogs in training everywhere—From work, to restaurants, the library, 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 Service Dog Raising Program experience requires a great deal of commitment, time, energy, and focus. It’s an unforgettable and rewarding experience, and mostService Dog Raisers choose to participate in the program 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. But the fact that they know that they have been called to a higher duty and are here to help assist those with invisible disabilities is what makes it all worthwhile. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for our Service Dog 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 SDWR at

The Raiser agrees to fully comply with all SDWR policies. Service Dogs by SDWR reserves the right to modify its policies at any time for any reason at its sole discretion. Current policies are posted on the SDWR website under “Service Dog Raiser Program FAQ’s.” At SDWR sole discretion, SDWR reserves the right to re-home the dog and/or dismiss the Raiser from the Service Dog Raising Program if s/he is not in full compliance with all referenced policies or for any reason SDWR chooses. Upon notification by SDWR of its intent to re- home the dog and/or dismiss the service dog raiser, the raiser agrees to promptly return the dog to SDWR.

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