Service Dog Puppy Raisers Needed

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Volunteer Puppy Raiser

The role of volunteer puppy raiser lasts approximately two years. The puppy raiser is responsible for raising the service dog in training from age 8 weeks until approximately 2-2 ½ years in age. DogsInVests supports the dog financially during the training stage and is responsible for all food, treats, veterinary care, medications, and supplies. The puppy raiser must be committed to house training, obedience training, on-site and remote training classes, and transport and attendance to all required veterinary appointments.

This is not an easy task and should not be taken lightly when making the commitment. The dog is with you almost constantly and once they are ready to graduate our program and become a full-time service dog the puppy raisers give up the dog and they are placed with their recipient. Although the outcome is rewarding it is also very emotionally difficult to give up a dog you have raised and trained for over two years.

The ideal candidate must love dogs and be comfortable taking a dog to almost any public setting. They must also have time daily to devote to training exercises with the dog. The ability and flexibility to travel with the dog to various class and training situations are also needed.

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Mission Statement

DogsInVests mission is to improve the quality of life through the training and matching of service dogs with children and young adults with autism.


DogsInVests has been training and placing service dogs with children and young adults with autism since our inception in 2017. We are currently training six service dogs that will be placed with individuals over the next 24 months. DogsInVests is the only service dog facility specializing in the training and placement of dogs for individuals with autism in Southeastern Wisconsin. We are also the only organization placing these service dogs at no cost to the individuals or their families. In addition to training and placing service dogs, DogsInVests also facilitates awareness-building presentations that educate children and families about autism, the benefits of service dogs for individuals with autism, and how to behave around a working service dog.

Individuals with autism can face social communication challenges and restricted, repetitive behaviors that interfere with their lives. A service dog can encourage development, provide protection from hazards, calm anxiety, and complete other traditional service dog responsibilities, such as opening doors and retrieving objects. With the help of a service dog, an individual with autism and their family can integrate more fully with their community. DogsInVests works to raise and train service dogs in a way that is customized to meet the individual’s specific needs.


Children & Youth
People with Disabilities
Animals, Children & Youth, People with Disabilities


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Multiple locations Palmyra, WI 53156



  • Youth Services
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy


  • Kids
  • Teens


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Our volunteer puppy raisers will raise, train and care for their dog for approximately two years before the dogs are placed with their recipient.

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