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Raising a skilled service dog requires the dedication and efforts of many people, working together to positively impact the life of a wounded Veteran. Puppy Sitters play an important role by providing a safe, nurturing environment for service dogs in training on a temporary basis. Sometimes, WCC service dogs in training (SDiT) need a place to stay for a few days or even a few weeks. They may be transitioning between caretakers or their Puppy Parents may need time off for a holiday or a family emergency. Puppy Sitters receive the same training as Puppy Parents so they can step in with confidence and help when needed. The training covers the proper care of a SDiT, as well as socialization and basic commands.

A Puppy Sitter takes over the care of the dog when a Puppy Parents cannot. Responsibilities include:

  • Provide a safe and consistent training environment
  • Take responsibility for the dog’s health and wellbeing while in their care
  • Drop off/pick up the dog for training (may vary by program location)
  • Ability to accommodate requests during high-travel times, including the summer months, weekends and holidays
Please note that dogs in the household must be well-mannered, fully vaccinated, and well cared for.

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14934 Schaeffer Road, Boyds, MD 20841, US

Mission Statement

Warrior Canine Connection enlists recovering Warriors in a therapeutic mission of learning to train service dogs for their fellow Veterans.


Warrior Canine Connection places highly trained service dogs with Veterans who have visible and invisible wounds.

We are seeking volunteer Puppy Parents to help us fulfill our mission. Puppy Parents raise our service dogs for approximately two years before the dog graduates and is placed with a Veteran. Our Puppy Parents will be the first to tell you that the time, attention, and love they give to these future service dogs is incredibly rewarding and joyful.

Each puppy goes home with their Puppy Parent between the age of 8-12 weeks. To be considered for this important work, you must be willing and able to provide the following support and training for your WCC puppy:

  • Provide a stable, safe, consistent and loving environment
  • Supervise the young puppy throughout the day
  • Teach the puppy manners and basic commands
  • Keep the puppy on a leash at all times or supervised in a securely fenced area
  • Closely monitor the puppy’s progress and submit monthly reports
  • Attend weekly training classes, including social outings that build skills and confidence
  • Provide the puppy with age-appropriate socialization opportunities
  • Ensure that your WCC puppy is the only dog under the age of one in your home
  • Agree to return the puppy upon request
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Veterans & Military Families
Animals, Community, Veterans & Military Families


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14934 Schaeffer RoadBoydsBoyds, MD 20841



  • Animal Care / Handling




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • We'll work with your schedule!

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