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Our Puppy Raiser program puts service dogs in training into homes for basic obedience, house manners, and socialization until they are ready to return for advance training around the age of a year old. 4 Paws supplies the tools and information necessary to be successful in puppy raising. We are committed to partnering with you to achieve this goal.
No prior experience necessary and you will receive a startup set of supplies
Complete an online training program and attend an in-person orientation at 4 Paws for Ability
Attend a monthly obedience class at 4 Paws for Ability or one of our off-site locations
Complete required online reports
Comply with 4 Paws policies and procedures as outlined in Puppy Raiser paperwork
Provide a stable, safe environment for a puppy to live
Willing to provide at least four socialization outings a week
Willing to travel to and from 4 Paws for Ability as necessary with a reliable means of transportation
Veterinary care, food and a start up set of supplies are provided at no cost to the puppy raiser when received from the 4 Paws Center in Xenia, OH. Puppy raisers may choose to handle these costs themselves if they are not able to travel to the 4 Paws Center. Treats and additional toys are the responsibility of the puppy raiser.
Puppy Raiser Opportunities
Traditional Puppy Raiser - individual or family looking to foster a 4 Paws dog in their home
Weekend Puppy Raiser - individual or family looking to foster a 4 Paws dog in Advanced Training in their home on weekends or evenings and weekends
University Puppy Raiser - individual enrolled at a college looking to foster a 4 Paws dog on or off campus
Puppy Sitter - individual or family looking to short-term assist with puppy raising during the day or overnight for primary puppy raisers
About Puppy Raising
All of the dogs that 4 Paws for Ability places as service dogs are bred and born at our Xenia, Ohio facility. After our puppies are born, they spend time together with their mom getting basic exposure to people, sights, and sounds through our Puppy Enrichment Program. Their next step to their future career as a service dog is being placed in a puppy raiser home. 4 Paws needs and values volunteer puppy raisers and puppy sitters to make placing 4 Paws service dogs a success.
How do I become a 4 Paws Puppy Raiser?
Step 1: Complete an application
Click on the link below to submit your application! You will be asked to upload pictures of your home environment and a picture of yourself in order to complete this application.
If you rent your apartment or home, you will need to complete the Landlord Verification Form to verify their support and awareness of the program. The signed form will need to be uploaded with your application.
Complete the application online here: http://bit.ly/PuppyRaiserApp