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Volunteer Service Dog Puppy Raiser

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Putnam Service Dogs pup

This volunteer opportunity is for people who LOVE dogs, are hard workers, and truly want to make a difference in another person's life. You will learn a lot about dogs through this experience. This volunteer opportunity is very gratifying, as you will see the dog develop because of your love and training. The first 6 months you have a puppy are very time intensive - house training, bonding with it, training it in basic obedience, and socializing it carefully (to avoid scaring the puppy) to new situations and experiences. You will need to vigorously walk the 3 month+ old pup several times a day, and by age 6 months, it needs 1 mile/day walk and 5 minutes a day running in a fenced area. Our Volunteer Puppy Raisers are essential to us. We can't produce our service dogs without our volunteer puppy raisers! We use a class structure to train our puppies, led by our trainers, to teach the puppies to work under high distraction. We adopt mixed breed puppies from Rescue Organizations when we have an approved raiser(s). Our recipients tend to be in wheelchairs, and drop things, so we raise and train larger dogs that retrieve. Hearing alert dogs may be smaller. Most of the puppies will be lab or shepherd mixes. Volunteers will be expected to attend weekly training classes until the puppy is a year old, and then classes every other week. Our Trainers will guide you on how to raise a service dog pup. There's more information on our website, putnamservicedogs.org, and the application is on the Home Page under Applications. Or call 917-449-5359.

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PO BOX 573, BREWSTER, NY 10509, US

Mission Statement

Our service dogs change the lives of our recipients and their families, adding love, joy, independence, and ease. We honor and promote the nurturing bond between humans and dogs.


We provide free service dogs and follow up support services to people with physical disabilities other than blindness.

Advocacy & Human Rights


We'll work with your schedule.


Paladin Center39 Seminary Hill Rd.Carmel, NY 10512



  • Animal Care / Handling


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • More when young puppies, avg. 1-2 hrs/day.
  • Must love dogs, able to walk 1+ mile/day, train using only positive, humane methods taught to you.

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