What does a Puppy Raiser do?
Puppy raisers are volunteers, individuals or families who agree to welcome future therapy dogs into their home.  Currently, we are looking for full-time puppy raisers. The commitment is for 16 months then the pup will be ready for adoption. As a raiser, you have the first right to adopt the dog you have been raising IF you plan to become a therapy Team with your pup. At the 16 months, mark either your pup will be adopted out or if you adopt you will take the 6-week Therapy Prep Class and take a test to become a  therapy team. Not sure what a therapy dog does? See our page on What is a Therapy Dog https://vipdogteams.org/therapy-dogs/

So you haven’t trained a puppy before? Not to worry an experienced trainer will guide you all along the way. All training starts with an orientation followed by written instruction and plenty of follow up. Our trainers will be with you every step of the way.

Homes is where training and socialization starts; it is here that pups become comfortable with home life, learn basic obedience, and begin to experience the world. Ready to apply?
You can help us unite people with trained therapy dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence. You can raise a dog and change a life. Volunteer puppy raising is an incredible way to start therapy dogs on their way to helping kids learn to read, rehab stroke patients, relax stressed-out college students and visit dying hospice patients and more.

What type of training will I do with the dog?
You will participate in planned outings and a minimum of 2 community-based training programs for full raisers, group activities and training for parttime and weekend raisers. This is a time to socialize the dog with people and make them comfortable on outings as well as making sure the dog is properly potty and crate trained, don’t worry our trainers will help guide you through it! You will have fun with your dog.

Need more info? Call us or click here to leave your name and email or phone or fill out the application and we will get back to you 

So, do puppy raisers get paid?

Puppy raising 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 train a therapy dog to help others. What could be better than that!

How does VIP Dog Teams prepare individuals for their role as a puppy raiser?
Each raiser goes through an orientation process and is given a manual. We also provide ongoing staff support to each raiser via phone, e-mail, AND in-person follow-up.

What kind of financial commitment is required?
Raisers agree to provide food & flea/tick protection, transportation, and related expenses while the dog is in their care. These costs are usually tax deductible. VIP Dog Teams is able to aid with catastrophic veterinary expenses. The dogs are insured for emergency vet problems.  But we are here to help with whatever we can.

Ready To be a puppy raiser, parttime raiser or weekend raiser for a potential Therapy Dog?
Click here to fill out the application! Get started today!

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