As a Puppy Raiser for Can Do Canines, you transform our mission from words on paper to a priceless reality for people with disabilities.
When a puppy enters the Can Do Canines training program, it may be anywhere from 8 weeks to 12 months of age. The puppy needs a dedicated person or family to raise them until they are 18 months old. At that time the dog comes back to our facility to be specially trained as an assistance dog in one of five areas–mobility, diabetes, hearing, seizure, or autism.
Because the puppy needs to learn how to behave well both at home and in public places, Puppy Raisers need attend scheduled training classes at least twice a month while they have the puppy in their home, and take the puppy in public at least three times a week. The puppy wears a Can Do Canines vest, and accompanies you to places like stores, church, sporting events, elevator rides, buses, light rail, etc.
Raisers are financially responsible for the puppy in training by purchasing it food, monthly preventatives, vaccines and basic vet care. Those who puppy raise are invited to present the dog to the client at graduation. You can be the one to change a client’s life!
Interested in taking a journey through the lives of our Puppy Raiser? Watch this video!