Puppy Parent/Foster-Fairbanks, Alaska area

Published

09/18/2018

Start Date

10/03/2018

End Date

09/20/2020

Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

Paws for Purple Hearts
3304 International Street
Unit A
Fairbanks
Alaska
99701
United States

Description

Overview of Position

Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH) seeks Puppy Parents/Fosters for our service dogs in training! Puppy Parents play a crucial role in in the life of a service dog by socializing the dog to new environments, experiences, and people. Puppies’ minds are like sponges and the experiences that a service dog has early in life are critical to its later development and behavior. Not only will raising a service puppy be fun and exciting for you, it helps us to further our mission to provide highly trained service dogs to service members and veterans with disabilities. The ages of the dogs in training range from 4 months to 2 years and all dogs are either Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers or Labrador/Golden Retriever crosses.


As a volunteer Puppy Parent, Paws for Purple Hearts will provide some of the items necessary to raise a puppy in your home, such as a leash, toys, harness, treats, dog bed, kennel, and food. Any other items purchased for the puppy are considered a tax-deductible in-kind donation to Paws for Purple Hearts.


Puppy Parent Responsibilities:

  • Care for the dog in a safe and loving household.
  • Transport the dog to and from the Paws for Purple Hearts site, as available.
  • Provide food, water, toileting area, and appropriate toys for the dog.
  • Take the dog with you on public outings in order to expose him or her to new environments. Each dog will have a “Service Dog in Training” vest that allows public access to areas where pets may normally be restricted (such as stores and restaurants).
  • Reinforce the dog’s training and, in some cases, teach new skills.
  • Attend Puppy Parent training meetings.
  • Submit regular Puppy Parent Reports to Paws for Purple Hearts as required.
  • Obtain veterinary services for the dog, if necessary.


Puppy Parent Qualifications:

  • The primary handler must be able to drive and have access to a car. (Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis)
  • Handlers who are minors must have parental supervision.
  • Handlers must be able to transport the dog to and from the Paws for Purple Hearts site as requested.
  • The primary handler must own the home or have permission to have a dog in the home.
  • The home must be safe and able to be puppy proofed, with a safe outside area to potty train.
  • Handlers must be non-smokers or refrain from smoking around the dog, including in the house.
  • The household cannot have dogs under 2 years old in the home and no dogs with aggression or other behavior issues, such as reactivity, resource guarding, or dogs that are not potty trained.
  • All handlers must be mentally and physically capable of training the puppy, carrying the puppy, and handling problem behaviors.
  • All handlers must have the physical and mental capacity to provide consistent and stable care and training and ensure the dog is not at risk inside or outside of the home.
  • Primary handler and all members of the household must be willing to utilize positive training methods, follow the Paws for Purple Hearts training method, and commit to socialization and potty training.
  • The primary handler must be willing and able to provide reports and attend training as requested by Paws for Purple Hearts.
  • Primary handler and all members of the household must be committed to our mission to provide highly trained service dogs for service members and veterans with disabilities.
  • Experience with dogs preferred.


The schedule and length of time the puppy is in your care depends on the puppy, our needs, and your situation. Depending on these factors, a puppy parent schedule may look like one of these options:


  • Take the dog home for the weekday evenings and weekends. Drop the dog off at PPH in the morning for training and pick up the dog in the evening after training.
  • Take the dog home on the weekends and return the dog to PPH at the end of the weekend.
  • Take the dog home for other designated periods of time, such as during the holidays or for extended periods of time as needed.

Benefits

  • Training Provided

Benefits

  • Groups
  • Families

How To Apply

betseyj@paws4ph.org
https://pawsforpurplehearts.org/pup-parent-application/

Please fill out the online application at:

https://pawsforpurplehearts.org/pup-parent-application/


For more info, please email: betseyj@paws4ph.org


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