No, you do not get paid for being a puppy raiser or sitter. Puppy raisers and sitters volunteer their time and there may be personal costs involved. The pup’s food and basic vet bills, repairing any damage and puppy proofing your house are the responsibility of the Puppy Raiser family.
It’s an excuse to have a puppy for a year. The most appealing part about this kind of volunteering is you get to have a dog at its cutest stage and all for a good cause. What could be better than that?
All of the dogs we place are puppies that have come from our own special breeding program. We do not have rescue dogs due to the neurological stimulation and training which we start at the young age of 2 days old, this, as well as the inability to insure the health of the dog due to family genetic history is why we use our own breeders. Unfortunately we can not do either of these things with rescues. We currently work with two kennels, GBC and TLW, who have some of the finest English Cream Golden Retrievers, Mini GoldenDoodles, and Labrador Retrievers around. They are raised from birth with one specific goal: being a service dog. The dogs who do not pass as service dogs become ESAs, breeders, or family pets. Each dog’s training is personalized in tasks to help their individual handler.
Golden Healer Service Dogs provides the following types of service dogs:
- Psychiatric Service Dogs
- Autism Service Dogs
- PTSD Service Dogs
- Mobility Service Dogs
- Seizure Alert Dogs
- Diabetic Alert Dogs
- Emotional Support Animals (ESA)
- Therapy Dogs
You have to pass an application and orientation process to obtain the puppy. We don’t require puppy raisers or sitters to have previous service dog raising experience. You must be willing and available for a trainer to make monthly visits to check on the pup’s progress. Each service dog is extremely important to the success of our work and mission, so we will be monitoring the puppies closely.
You and your future service dog will change a life.
You will get to meet the person who your dog is placed with. Imagine how rewarding it would be to know you raised a puppy that went on to be a service dog to a person who really needed one. Many people in need of a service dog are currently on a waiting list waiting for that perfect companion.
A lot of attention will be on you and your service dog in training.
People will ask questions when they see your dog with a service vest. You can use this opportunity to teach others about the importance of training. It will also get old explaining about your dog over and over again and dealing with people who want to pet your puppy while he is “working.”
Be clean and well groomed
Eliminate in appropriate areas and only on command
Not solicit attention or be a distraction to the public through barking or inappropriate behavior
Respond to obedience commands consistently
Never show aggression, but be confident and unbothered by their surroundings
Perform at least 2 tasks to assist the disabled party specifically with their disability
You will be working with experienced dog trainers.
You will get to learn about advanced dog training from experienced trainers and handlers. We require bi-monthly meetings where all the volunteer Puppy Raisers meet to learn about training strategies.
Be ready to part with the dog after a year.
It doesn’t take long to create a bond with the puppy you are caring for. Know that all your training and hard work will finally be paying off about the time you have to let the dog go live somewhere else, just when it’s finally starting to become a well-behaved dog. You can handle it because you knew you did it to make someone’s life better.
Get ready to take your dog everywhere.
A future service dog requires much more attention than a typical puppy. The pup needs to get used to any situation, which means you have to take the puppy almost everywhere you go. It wears a future service dog vest, so the pup is allowed almost anywhere. Planning a family vacation? Well, can the pup go along too?