Thursday, August 30, 2012

Are You Ready to Raise a Service Puppy?

We’re expecting approximately 25 service puppies to be born in the next six weeks. One of those puppies wants to go home with you. Are you ready to raise a service puppy?

Each puppy will need a puppy raiser or puppy raiser family to welcome it into their home and hearts. Puppy raisers raise the puppy for about two years. During that time, they teach the dog basic obedience, great house manners, and a variety of other skills that the dog will use as a service dog. In addition, they take the dog on lots of public outings, car rides, and long walks in different places. 

Going to the bank? Take your puppy in training with you and practice down stays while you talk with the teller. Need milk for your cereal? Take your puppy and use a cart to practice loose leash walking beside it and maneuvering the aisles.

While the puppy is in our program, the only costs you are responsible for are food and any toys, collars, leashes, etc. that you buy for the dog.

No experience is necessary. We will teach you everything you need to know about training one of our puppies. We hold puppy classes several times a month, as well as public outings to places like Chocolate World, the airport, Cabela’s, Knoebel’s, the Strasburg Railroad, and Ghosts of Gettysburg tours. 

We currently hold classes in Harrisburg, PA and Bear Creek Township, PA. Our puppy raisers come from all over central PA, as well as Northeast Pennsylvania. We even have a few puppy raisers who drive in from State College. The only limit to the location of our puppy raisers is the puppy raisers themselves. As long as you’re willing to drive to puppy classes, outings, and vet visits, you can become a puppy raiser for SSD.

Raising a puppy to become a service dog is a fun and rewarding experience. By raising a puppy, you will change a life.

Are you ready? Apply today.

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