Puppy Raising is fostering a Cornerstone Companions Service Dog in training. The puppy would live with you in your home, accompany you out in public to stores, restaurants, and other outings, and generally practice basic service dog commands in a variety of settings under your care. It is a lot of work, but puppy raising is a lot of fun and an incredible opportunity! Not only do you get to learn how to help train specialized dogs, but you get to interact with numerous lovable, four-legged friends all while helping change the lives of those with disabilities. We work closely with our puppy raisers to ensure everyone receives adequate training on how to handle and work with their service dog puppy effectively.
Each of our Puppy Raisers will get a healthy, temperament tested puppy or young adult dog to foster within their home along with a crate, food bowls, leash, collar, toys and paid veterinary care for the service dog in training.
If you are interested in puppy raising but are worried about the time commitment, check out our Weekend Foster option!
1) Fill out and submit a Puppy Raiser application
2) Applicants will be asked to attend a 2 hour group interview and introductory class.
3) We will schedule a home inspection to ensure the safety of the dogs while living in your home. We can offer suggestions to make sure your living space is prepared for your new furry house guest.
4) Approved applicants will then attend two separate instructional classes. These classes are 4 hours in length and will be held on two consecutive Saturdays.
5) Our educated and prepared fosters will then be scheduled to pick up their first dog and attend a 1 hour instructional class designed specifically for that dog. There will be an additional 1 hour class for each additional dog received. This allows each dog to be treated as an individual.
Our Long Term Fosters will commit to keeping a dog for a period of 1 month or longer. They will receive their dog in training along with a lesson and all the necessary supplies. The fosters will return to the ranch for lessons and check-ups on the dog once every 2 months. The dog in training will stay with the foster full-time for the term of the foster period, but can come back to the ranch for boarding or vacations as needed. At the end of the term the dog in training will either go to a new foster for more training or move back to the ranch to finish its advanced training.
Our weekend Fosters will commit to bringing a dog into their home at least two weekends every month. They will receive all the supplies and training that a regular foster receives, however, they will come to our ranch to pick up their dog in training late Friday afternoons and keep the dog through Sunday.
Do you love working with animals and helping others? Please consider donating your time and/or valuable resources to our foundation!
Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering for the following:
Graphic arts and/or media technology
*Specialist- please send us an email if you are interested in volunteering in some other area not listed.