Puppy Raiser

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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.

Apply Now

Complete the application online here: http://bit.ly/PuppyRaiserApp

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207 DAYTON AVE, 253 DAYTON Ave, XENIA, OH 45385, US

Mission Statement

-Enrich the lives of children with disabilities by the training and placement of quality, task trained service dogs to provide increased independence for the children and assistance to their families. -Enrich the lives of veterans from recent conflicts who have lost the use of their limbs or their hearing while in active combat. -Educate the public to accept the use of service dogs in public places.


Provide as many children as possible, within the scope of our ability to serve, and with disabilities falling under the definition of such in the Americans with Disability Act (1990) with access to a qualified service dog trained specifically for their needs, with no minimum age , and regardless of the severity of the disability.


We'll work with your schedule.


207 Dayton Ave.XeniaXenia, OH 45385



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Social Work




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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