Puppy Parent volunteers play a vital role in the early socialisation and training of a canine partner. Supported and guided every step of the way, a Puppy Parent volunteer will be placed with an 8 week old puppy, who will live with them at home until they are around 14 months, meaning the commitment is for approximately one year.

They will introduce our puppy to the world in a safe and loving environment, to give them all the confidence they need to go on to Advanced Training, to give them the best possible chance of being placed with an adult with disabilities, whose life will be transformed.

We are also looking for people who can provide holiday cover for our dogs when the Puppy Parents take holiday or need time off.

What skills do I need?

As a Puppy Parent volunteer, you will look after one of our puppies in your own home.

Placed with you aged about 8 weeks, the puppy lives with you for around 14-16 months.

You will need to be able to offer time to dedicate to the training and care of the puppy while placed with you.

The primary Puppy Parent volunteer in the household must be aged over 18, with the stamina and ability to manage an active puppy/dog.

Your home will need to meet the needs of the puppy, to be safe, secure and have an outdoor space for toileting (preferably gravel or paved).

You will need access to your own transport to travel to classes, training locations on a regular basis, and to meet other Puppy Parent volunteers, should you wish to!

You will need to be available for home visits, virtual online training, able to attend training at our puppy classes and committed to following Canine Partners’ training methods, following the advice and support of our expert trainers.

No previous dog ownership experience is required but you must meet our criteria to be considered.

If you are a dog owner, you can have up to two pet dogs of a suitable temperament. They will be assessed as part of your home assessment. They must be over 18 months of age.

You will need to be at home for most of the day.

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We are looking for volunteers at all times of the year. If you are not quite ready yet we can still have a discussion and home visit to asses suitability.

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