Highland Canine Training’s Puppy Raising Program is an initiative that enables volunteers from our community to help us prepare puppies for life as a Service Dog.
Puppies will normally go to puppy raisers when they are about eight weeks old and can stay with the puppy raisers until they are 5-6 months old.
Our partnership with our Puppy Raisers is extremely important. They help us to build a solid foundation of basic obedience with the puppies, teach them how to live in a home, and socialize them to new environments so they can be successful in their roles as Service Dogs.
With the solid foundation that our Puppy Raisers provide, we can then take the puppies into our training pipeline to work on their advanced obedience. They will learn the task(s) that they will need to help their “Forever Family”.
Volunteering has many benefits, particularly when you’re helping improve the lives of families who need assistance.
Learn more information about our Puppy Raising Program, including what you can expect from us, and what we expect from you.
Raising a puppy can, at times, be very challenging. It can also be extremely rewarding! All of our puppies that make it through our full Service Dog Program will be paired with a person with a disability, and that puppy will make a world of difference in someone’s life. Service Dogs give their “Forever Families” much needed help in their day-to-day activities, but also give them love and comfort throughout their lives.
We provide our volunteers with the training and tools they need to work with their foster puppy. Puppy raisers are provided with all the food, veterinary care and equipment they require. In addition, the puppy raiser will receive training sessions from professional dog trainers on how to work with their puppy.
In return, we do have expectations for our puppy raisers to ensure that the program is a success for all parties. These include:
Finally, puppy raisers must be at least 18 years old and must live no further than 60 miles from Highland Canine Training’s training facility located in Harmony, NC.
The application program for our Puppy Raising Program is straightforward and simple. We are also able to answer any questions you might have on the program.
For more information on our Puppy Raising Program, you can email us at email@example.com, or call us at (704) 500-8281.
If you wish to apply, please complete the two forms below and send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Puppy Raising Program Application’. We will be in contact shortly after receiving your application!