TRADITIONAL PUPPY RAISING PROGRAM
At DOGS WITH WINGS, we train dogs to do the seemingly impossible. You play an important part in the puppy’s development by committing to being a Puppy Raiser. You become part of our team that works toward fulfilling our mission which is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with highly skilled assistance dogs that increase their mobility, foster independence, and further their contributions to the community. The position of Puppy Raiser is the most demanding and rewarding. By accepting to the care and education of a DOGS WITH WINGS’ puppy, you become one of our most valuable team players.
A Puppy Raiser is a 24-hour, 7 days per week volunteer position. The role of the Puppy Raiser is to socialize the puppy to all environments and situations as possible. The puppy must be exposed to various situations, on a regular basis, such as: offices, malls, restaurants, downtown areas, elevators, and on public transportation. The ultimate goal is to help the puppy develop sufficient social skills to behave in such a manner that its presence will be acceptable in all circumstances. Our training staff oversees the Puppy Raising program and will support you in raising the puppy by assessing and assisting in the pup’s progress. There are temporary boarding homes available to help you, the Puppy Raiser, when the pup is not able to accompany you, such as during vacations or personal circumstances.
DOGS WITH WINGS will provide dog food and cover veterinary expenses provided they are not a result of negligence and a one-time issue of training equipment. Puppy Raisers are required to purchase a crate, provide bedding, toys & treats for training and may also incur infrequent minor costs associated with training (movie ticket, public transit, etc.) for which they are responsible.
Criteria for Our Puppy Raising Program:
- One adult must be at home during the day or be able to bring the puppy to work with them.
- The puppy must live in the home as a member of the family.
- The Puppy Raiser must attend weekly obedience and socialization training classes.
- You are requested to assist at events and/or presentations throughout the year.
- You must be able to commit to raising the puppy for approx.14 months.
More information about our organization and the programs we offer can also be found on our website at www.dogswithwings.ca.
Thank you for your interest in being a Puppy Raiser that will help a dog earn its wings and give the gift of independence to someone in your community!