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Puppy Raiser/Foster

Service Dog in Puppy Training

National Service Dogs

   About the Position

Impact Statement
Love dogs?! Want to make a difference in your community?! Help us raise a service dog by giving them a loving home.

We train Certified Autism and PTSD Service Dogs, Canine Assisted Intervention Dogs, and Skilled Companion Dogs

As an NSD Puppy Raiser, you help us to raise a service dog by helping them learn house manners and socialization, and exposing them to new people, places, and experiences.

Puppy Raisers get lots of support from our team and Volunteer Village, attend regular training classes, and learn new skills while making new friends! NSD Puppy Raisers take on a dog from about 8 weeks old to 13-17 months of age. Puppy Raisers can access Puppy Sitters and Puppy Support Homes when they need a day, weekend, or a week off. By deciding to become a Puppy Raiser, you are helping one more dog change one more life for the better.

Make some two-legged and four-legged friends and enjoy:
Volunteer Social Hours (Coffee Shop dates, Brewery Happy Hours, Pack Walks)
Grief & Loss Programming (Volunteer Circle Support Group, Grief & Loss Toolkit, and built-in curriculum during puppy class)
Special offers and discounts via Community Partners
and more!

Position Qualifications

Ideal for: An Individual, Student Placement
Age: 18+

Area(s) of Interest: Animals/Pets, Caring Support, Accessibility

Skill(s): Interpersonal Communication, Motivate Others, Problem Solving, Accountability, Empathy, Adaptability

Training / Work Condtions

Training Details: Training, classes and ongoing one on one support provided by NSD team. Wonderful volunteer community with social events, and support!
Working Conditions: The volunteer must live within 45 minutes of NSD, have no children under the age of 5 living in the house under, a maximum of 2 personal dogs that are over 1 year of age and have been in the home no less than 1 year, and live no higher than the 7th floor of apartment buildings. Volunteers will be required to attend regular training classes.
Transportation: Car required

Time Commitment

Duration: 1 year or more
Weekday - Daytime, Weekday - Evening, Weekend - Daytime, Weekend - Evening, Anytime
The commitment is roughly 11 to 15 months.

   Contact Information
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Meghan Kraehling
Offices in Kitchener & Cambridge Cambridge, N1R 5S5
Kitchener,Township of Wilmot,Township of Woolwich,Township of Wellesley,Waterloo,Cambridge,Township of North Dumfries,Outside Waterloo Region

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1454 King Street East, Unit 3
Kitchener ON N2G 2N7

Phone: 519 742 8610

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