The majority of our dogs come to us from the age of 12 months, sourced from rescue centres or as unwanted pets, or through the breeding programmes of other assistance dog charities. However, due to the need to better meet the huge demand for our work, we now supplement this by also sourcing puppies from existing responsible and reputable breeders.

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 does it take to be a puppy socialiser

  • You must be committed to homing a puppy for 12-18 months and not leave them alone for more than three hours within a 24 hour period
  • Feel you can cope with typical puppy behaviours
  • Feel you can meet the physical and mental needs of the puppy
  • Be able to provide basic training and new experiences
  • Live within a one-hour drive of Sheffield
  • Be able to attend regular obedience classes at our office in Sheffield and host regular home visits
  • Be wiling to attend training before the placement begins
  • Be able and willing to get the dog to a vet in a case of emergency
  • Have an fully enclosed garden
  • Follow the diet as advised by the trainer
  • Inform the trainer of any changes or concerns with behaviour and health no matter how small
  • Families with children are welcome, but there must be no children under two years of age living in the household
  • We are not able to consider families with someone who has uncontrolled epilepsy living in the home
  • You must not have a dog in your home; other pets will be considered on an individual basis
  • You must not be banned from owning a dog or have any other convictions involving animals
  • You must be allowed to have a dog in your home – we will need written permission if it is rented accommodation
  • We provide all equipment a puppy socialiser will need including food, vet care, flea and worming treatments and have our 24 hour emergency phone line.

If you think you meet all the above criteria please click here to send us a request to be booked on to the next puppy socialisers' information day.