People raise puppies for many reasons. They may like to volunteer for a worthwhile cause, they may like to have a dog without the usual 10 to 15 year commitment or they may just simply love puppies! Of course it’s not easy giving up a trained puppy, but there’s always the satisfaction of knowing that your puppy will go on to provide the increased safety, companionship and independence only made possible by an assistance dog.
Labradors and Golden Retrievers are chosen from breeders at 8 – 10 weeks of age and placed in a Puppy Raiser’s home until they are approximately 12 months old. Puppy Raisers are involved in guiding their puppy in many areas including:
- Good house manners
- Basic obedience
- Daily play and exercise
- Travel training
- Accessing the community
ASDOG provides full support and training for its Puppy Raisers, cares for their puppies if they go on holidays and covers all major expenses including food and veterinary procedures.
If you would like to raise an ASDOG puppy for its future role as an accredited assistance dog, please ensure you meet the following eligibility criteria, submit your details below or send us a Puppy Raiser Application form. Eligible ASDOG puppy raisers:
- Provide a safe home environment for a puppy with an enclosed yard
- Work closely with ASDOG monitoring the puppy’s progress
- Ensure the puppy sleeps inside the house
- Leave the puppy home alone for no longer than 4 hours per day
- Reside in the greater Sydney metropolitan area
ASDOG welcomes enquiries from potential puppy raisers 1300 788 721