Why not become part of a highly dedicated group of individuals and families who welcome a puppy destined to become an assistance dog for Veterans living with mental health difficulties into their homes?
Puppy Socialisers play a vital role in the development of these future assistance dogs: they spend countless hours caring for, teaching, and socialising the pups in the real world.
Puppy Socialiser homes are where our young puppies’ training and socialisation starts out; it is here that they become comfortable with home life, learn basic obedience, and begin to experience the world. Puppy Socialisers take our puppies everywhere, to work, out to eat, on trips, and even shopping. This real-world training imitates the experiences that our puppies need in order to be successful assistance dogs. A well socialised puppy will have a great advantage when it comes to being placed and sets out on formal training.
The puppy-raising experience requires a great deal of commitment, time, energy, and focus. It’s an unforgettable and rewarding experience, and most Puppy Socialisers choose to participate again and again.
One of the hardest parts is saying goodbye! Puppies socialisers start with an 8 week-old puppy and foster the dog from anything between 6 to 12 months until an appropriate client match is made. The puppies are then ‘placed’ with their Veteran and begin “school” for advanced training.