Puppy Raiser Job Description
The role of the Puppy Raiser is to expose your puppy to as many environments and situations as possible under the direction of our trainers. Raising a puppy means that you will have a 4 legged companion by your side as much as possible. This will be a big commitment, but it is a critical part of socializing our puppies so they will be prepared for the working life they will have with their future partners. While these puppies are in training to be service dogs, they are still puppies - and will bark, chew, need to learn how to listen and need house training.
You will get your puppy when it is about 8 weeks old and they will stay with you for approximately 12-18 months. Ideally one adult would be at home during the day or you would be able to bring the puppy with you to work. Young puppies cannot be left at home alone for more than 4-5 hours a day and they must live in your home as part of your family.
The following is a list of some of things that Hope Heels expects you to do with your puppy:
Provide lots of love and snuggling
Daily exercise. On leash walks in populated areas, parks and forests.
Diligence with housebreaking
Attend one class a week with our trainers
Commit to short 5-10 minute training sessions each day
Once approved by our trainers, take the puppy to new and interesting (dog friendly) places at least once a week.
(For example, Chapters, Canadian Tire, Rona)
There are temporary boarding homes available to help care for your puppy during vacations or unplanned circumstances when you can’t take your puppy with you.
We will provide training equipment (ie. leash, collar), dog food and cover veterinary expenses provided they are not a result of negligence. We request that you provide bedding, treats and toys.
Our goal is to have ten puppy raisers to help make these service dog teams a reality. Once we have met our goal of ten puppy raisers for our BRAVO K9 program, we can set a new goal and expand our programming into other areas.
To become a puppy raiser at Hope Heels, there are five steps:
1. Complete and submit your application
2. Come and watch a minimum of 2 puppy classes
3. Have a home visit (safety check)
4. Read the Hope Heels Puppy Raiser Manual
5. Be matched with a puppy to raise!