Puppy Raiser/Foster Program
If you are interested in working in this part of our Program please read the following information. If you qualify and would like to become a puppy raiser or a foster puppy parent please go to the APPLICATION page and fill out an application. The directions of how to send us the application is at the top of the page.
Puppy raisers provide
a vital role in the life of a service dog, preparing and raising that puppy to
become his own special person’s world. How a puppy is raised can make or break
a service dog, or any dog, so raising a service dog puppy is a very important
role to fill. Puppy raisers need to have a true love and passion with tons of
patience, knowing when to be firm and when to laugh at the antics of a puppy.
A puppy raiser’s job
is to be the first loving home once it leaves its litter. There, the puppy
raiser teaches it house manners, not to chew on things other than chew toys
it’s given, not to jump on people, furniture or counters, not to go potty in
the house, not to mouth or bite on people, etc. They teach them basic obedience
through classes at BASDT and practice the skills they learn. They teach them
about the world around them by careful exposure to different types of flooring
from tile, carpet or wood to grass, rubber, artificial turf to gravel, etc..
They teach them how to
be confident in new situations, taking them to new places and carefully introducing
them to new experiences.
Puppy raisers must be
able to bring the puppy to weekly classes for obedience.
Puppy raisers must
fill out the weekly and monthly paperwork on how the puppy is doing.
Puppy raisers cannot
work more than half a day unless they are able to take the puppy with them to
work. Puppies cannot spend long hours alone every day.
Puppy raisers must be
willing and able to attend four fundraisers a year.
Puppy raisers must:
approved by the puppy program staff and members.
pass a home visit.
a veterinarian reference.
comfortable with large breed dogs.
the ability to follow instructions, pay attention to detail, work
independently in a structured environment and, at other times, work with
others in a group setting.
physically capable of bending and standing for a minimum of 30 minutes at
a time, lifting and carrying 20 lbs, and safely leash-walking a puppy and
an adult dog for up to a 30 minute walk.
the puppy inside as a house dog.
an environment free of dogs that may have a history of aggression.
provide direct supervision when the puppy is with other dogs.
a safe, enclosed area for free running, play, and exercise.
appropriate food, maintain a healthy weight and attend to grooming as
the puppy healthy and up to date on vaccinations. Administer heartworm
prevention, flea control, and any additional medications provided by BASDT
for your puppy. Report any behavioral, physical or health related issues
and participate in required classes, meetings, and outings.
openly and promptly with your advisor
required reports and any other data as needed in a timely manner.
The above list of requirements
is not inclusive. Puppy raisers, fosters and volunteers are required to follow
all additional instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures given by BASDT
staff in written documents and other means. This includes all training, care,
and management techniques, rules and procedures.