Help give a young puppy a Great Start!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


9440 Science Center DriveMinneapolis, MN 55428
The Pups need you!
Help these puppies learn to be great Assistance Dogs!


We at Can Do Canines are very excited that you are interested in being a part of our assistance dog program! Here is some basic information on the Great Start Foster Program , and the role you would play in training these amazing dogs.

'Great Start’ volunteering is a way to help on a short term basis, but still be a part of assistance dog training. Volunteers host a puppy typically for 6 to 8 weeks. They help puppies bound for one of our prison programs get on the right track with early socialization, basic obedience, potty and crate training. Same as our Puppy Raisers, 'Great Start!’ volunteers attend scheduled puppy classes and outings, and socialize them to things not experienced in prison (household noises, other pets, children, car rides, visits to stores and the mall, restaurant, sporting events, etc.).

Once a prospective foster home completes an application, a staff person will contact them to arrange a home visit, discuss the program in detail and answer any questions. Later, the staff person will arrange basic training including how to handle the dog in a public setting.


  • Animal Care / Handling

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • 6 to 8 weeks

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