To meet the growing demands on our services we have developed a new puppy programme and therefore we are looking for volunteer puppy socialisers to provide a loving home and help us prepare our puppies over their first year 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 for you 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 8 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.
  • Live within an hours 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 think you meet all the above criteria please click here for more information, to request an application form or be booked on to one of our information days.