Could you do something amazing

Our charity is looking for volunteer puppy socialisers. We are looking for volunteers to provide a loving home and help us prepare our puppies over their first 14 months of life before they begin full time training as life-changing support dog. 

As a puppy socialiser you will play a vital role in our puppies' formative years, caring for a puppy in your home and providing them with the socialisation and training they will need. This is a unique opportunity to not only care for a lovely dog but also to make a significant contribution in changing the lives of people affected by autism, epilepsy and disability.

What do you get?

  • To provide a home for a gorgeous support dog puppy from eight weeks old for 12-18 months
  • Full support from your puppy coordinator
  • 24-hour emergency phone line
  • We can provide a temporary home to accommodate holiday cover for your pup when you go away or in an emergency 
  • We provide all equipment a puppy socialiser will need including food, vet care, flea and worming treatments
  • Medical expenses and insurance is covered by Support Dogs
  • Opportunity to meet new people 

 What we need from you?

  • A loving home, with a secure garden.
  • Volunteers who are at home for the majority of the day and who can dedicate time to puppy training on a daily basis (if you work from home, this will need to be very flexible to accommodate puppy classes and visits) 
  • Live within a 45min drive of our offices in Sheffield
  • Feel you can meet the physical and mental needs of the puppy
  • Be able to attend regular obedience classes at our office in Sheffield and host regular home visits
  • Families with children are welcome, but there must be no children under two years of age living in the household
  • We can consider families with their own pet dog but they will be assessed on an individual basis. Other pets will also be considered on an individual basis
  • Be able and willing to get the dog to a vet in a case of emergency
  • You must be allowed to have a dog in your home – we will need written permission if it is rented accommodation
  • We are not able to consider families with someone who has uncontrolled epilepsy living in the home
  • If you are on the waiting list for any of our training programmes for an assistance dog, unfortunately we are unable to accept applications to become a puppy socialiser.

Stages of recruitment

1. Register your interest in the role

2. Complete an application form (online or one sent via email/post)

3. Attend an information session (held at the centre, during the day, midweek)

4. Have a home assessment (pet dog assessment where applicable)

5. Attend a "dog body language" training session

6. Once accepted as a puppy socialiser we will recommend that you help out with holiday cover for existing puppies in training before taking on a puppy full time. You will also have the opportunity to shadow a puppy class or a visit by the training team.


Covid-19 delays
Please note that unfortunately there is a significant delay in processing application forms. We are still looking for volunteers to register their interest for Spring/summer 2022. If you would like to register your interest/fill out an online application form, we will keep it on file and will contact you as soon as we arrange the next information sessions.
We thank you for your understanding and support at this time.

If you think you meet all the above criteria
 Click here to register your interest in being a puppy socialiser 
and a member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.