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What do puppy raisers do?

What do Puppy raisers do?

Puppy raisers are volunteers, individuals or families who agree to welcome a future therapy and/or Facility dog into their home. These homes are where our young puppies' training and socialization takes an important turn; it is here that they become comfortable with home life, learn basic obedience, and begin to experience the world. The commitment is for 16 months for a Full-Time raiser.

You can help us unite people with trained therapy and facility dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence by helping people meet their goals. Every working dog starts as a puppy that needs a loving home. You can raise a dog and change a life. Volunteer puppy raising is an incredible way to help children and adults with disabilities live more independent lives. Our dogs are trained for Goal Oriented Therapy G.O.T. Dogs. Theses dogs will help people with disabilities and or injuries reach their goals so that they can live fuller, happier lives.

What type of training will I do with the puppy?
Puppy raisers must set aside time for daily training and attend obedience classes for the duration of the project. You will bring your puppy to class once a week for training. VIP Dog Teams uses the Puppy Start Right clicker training program (By Karen Pryor). By using the start right program, you will see where your puppy is at in their training and practice what you learned in class for that week. You will also take you pup on age- appropriate outings.

I work outside the home; can I still be a puppy Raiser?
Absolutely! Most puppy raisers gain approval to take the puppy to work. We recommend speaking to your employer prior to applying. The puppy will need regular toileting breaks throughout the day. Taking your dog to work will help the puppy’s development, it will introduce them to the outside world that they will soon be living in when they graduate as a therapy or facility dog.

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So, do Puppy Raisers get paid?
This is a volunteer position, but you do get paid with lots of puppy kisses. You also get the gratification of knowing that you are helping our community. What could be better than that!

How does VIP Dog Teams prepare individuals for their role as a puppy Raiser?
Each puppy raiser goes through an orientation process and is given a manual. We also provide ongoing staff support to each puppy raiser via phone, e-mail, AND in-person follow-up.Your not alone. We typically raise 4 puppies at a time so you will have fellow puppy raisers to meet with and go to class with. It's fun!

How can I possibly give him up when the time comes?
You and the puppy you raise will take an amazing journey together! It’s only natural that you will become very attached to the dog. The ability to give up a dog comes from knowing that you’re raising this puppy for a purpose — that the puppy will go on to help others. Your puppy may become a facility dog in a special needs school or a hospital therapy dog. If you are ready to make a commitment to becoming a certified therapy team you may have the option of adopting your dog at the end of the program.

Ready To be a Puppy Raiser?

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 What kind of financial commitment is required?

Puppy raisers agree to provide food, Flea and tick treatment, transportation, and related expenses while the puppy is in their care. These expenses are usually tax-deductible. VIP Dog Teams carries insurance on all of the dogs to aid with catastrophic veterinary expenses.

Next Steps...

Apply today for upcoming opportunities to be a puppy raiser.