Puppy raisers are the heart and soul of our organization. It is through their generosity and spirit that we are able to make the dreams of these service dog teams come true.
If you would like to sign up to be a Hope Heels puppy raiser download and fill out the application below then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 at work, school, soccer game, grocery store….basically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 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.
You will get your puppy when it is about 8 weeks old and they will stay with you for approximately 1 year. Ideally one adult must be at home during the day or you must be able to bring the puppy with you to work. Puppies cannot be left at home alone for more than 2-3 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
Lots of daily exercise. On leash walks in populated areas, parks and forests.
Diligence with housebreaking
Attend one class a week with our trainers
Commit to several short 5-10 minute training sessions each day
Take the puppy to new and interesting places at least once a week. For example, medical and dental offices, malls, restaurants, busy downtown areas, elevators and public transportation.
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.