Puppy raising is a lot of fun, but it is also a big commitment! Our program service dogs in training will live with a volunteer puppy raiser for 1-12 months to get lots of socialization and basic training before they are ready for finalization and task training. Puppy Raisers get to take their service dog in training everywhere with them including to work, school, grocery stores, restaurants, and much more. Puppy raisers are expected to attend biweekly group training sessions with one of our trainers to learn handling skills and support. These sessions are held throughout San Luis Obispo County.
Being a puppy raiser is a lot of work, but at the end of the day it is so rewarding knowing you are helping raise a service dog for someone in need! It is also a great option for college students, and others who want the enjoyment of having a dog around but aren't in a place where they can commit to a pet. Central Coast Dog Services covers the cost of veterinary bills, food, and other supplies for the dog, and will take the service dog in training any time you need to go out of town. Service dogs are also exempt from No Pet policies in rentals. We will make sure that you are matched with a training dog that will work for your household and lifestyle.
Puppy raisers must be located in San Luis Obispo County and able to commit to at least one month as a foster, be at least 12 years old (with parent support if a minor), and be willing to follow the training instructions given by CCDS trainers. Puppy Raisers are expected to take their service dog in training on at least four outings a week to ensure that training is maintained. Service dogs in training must be kept well groomed when out in public and receive daily exercise.