Could you do something amazing?


Our charity needs volunteer puppy socalisers 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 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 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.

     

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, although as I am sure you can appreciate this might be slightly delayed due to the current Covid-19 situation.

Support Dogs’ greatly appreciates all the offers of help during the current Covid-19 pandemic. However, please remember that becoming a puppy socialiser is a minimum 12 month commitment.