What is a Puppy Parent?
A puppy parent is someone who is willing to take on the rewarding experience of caring for one of our puppies. The puppy will be placed with you at the age of ten weeks for upwards of a year, at which we point we will bring the puppy back to us to continue it’s training to become a fully-fledged assistance dog.
Why you should become a Puppy Parent:
Becoming a Puppy Parent is a thrilling and rewarding experience for both you and our dog. You will get to actively participate in the growth and development of a bouncy puppy into a year-old dog ready for his/her true training to begin. Our dog will thrive with you as you give him/her the necessary exposure and experience to the outside world and all the people and other animals that live in it. You will also feel great with the knowledge that you will have one day massively helped change someone’s life for the better.
What is expected of a Puppy Parent?
A puppy parent is expected to be able to help train and socialise one of our wonderful puppies. The puppy parent will be given a list of commands, as well as things the puppy should and shouldn’t be doing. You will also be expected to attend puppy training classes run by some of our staff, who will be able to help you with anything related to training and welfare.
You must also make sure that you take our puppy with you to as many places as you can, in order to ensure it becomes used to a variety of different environments and people before we begin his/her full time training. With one of our jackets, our dog is capable of going almost anywhere, from supermarkets, restaurants, pubs, public transport, social gatherings etc. It is also a necessity that our dog be exposed to children, and a mixture of different animals from cats, horses, cows, sheep etc.
There is no issue if you have well-behaved children and domesticated animals, and this is in fact encouraged, as it means the dog will be able to get to interact with even more people and animals.
We will provide you with food, bedding, jackets and leads etc. at no extra cost to you.
If, for whatever reason, the dog becomes unwell or you have any concerns, big or small, feel free to contact us via the various ways down at the bottom of the page, or on the website in general. However, if there is a serious incident or emergency take the dog to your trusted vet. For anything that isn’t serious, however, contact us instead. Vets cost a lot of money, and most of the time we ourselves are able to help and deal with any concerns you may have. This will not cost you anything.
Puppy Parent Criteria:
To be a puppy parent you will need the following things:
- A good heart.
- A love of dogs.
- The commitment and patience to help train a puppy from ten weeks old upwards.
- Must live within our catchment areas, which are: Dorset, Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Surrey.
- A sizable but enclosed garden.
- The ability to be able to take the dog on long walks.
- A means of personal (car, van) or public (bus, train) transportation, to give you the ability to take our dogs to many different places.
- The want and desire to attend our puppy training classes.
Before you take on the role of a Puppy Parent, we will conduct a mandatory home visit. This is to have a chat with you and see why you want to become a puppy parent, as well as take a look around your home to ensure it is suitable for one of our lovely puppies! If the home visit goes well, you will then be asked to sign a Puppy Parent contract, which will go over everything that we have covered on this page and forge a proper agreement between yourself and us.
If you want to be a Puppy Parent, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via the contact details down below. We will respond back as quickly as possible, and arrange for one of our home visits. We hope to hear from you soon.
Telephone: 07790 341721
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