It’s National Service Dog month! In honor of the special occasion, we’re sharing a few tips on how you can get started raising a service dog.
The first thing you’ll want to do is find an organization the you can work with to help raise a service dog. There are different organizations for different types of service dogs. Here are a few:
Most of these organizations have similar guidelines. Here are some of the big ones that you will need to know before volunteering.
- Your puppy will be less than 1 year old so they will need a lot of attention and care.
- You will be working closely with the organization, taking the puppy to regular classes and meetings so, you will want to be within driving distance to the location.
- There will be some training involved, such as instilling manners and basic abilities in the puppy.
- It is up to the organization to determine what you will be financially responsible for, but you may need to cover food, necessities and vet costs.
- You will need to bring the puppy to most outings, including trips to the grocery store, casual outings and even long trips or airport visits. (This shouldn’t be a problem because your puppy will have an official service dog vest, allowing it legal access to all of these locations.)
- You will have the puppy until s/he is about 14 to 18 months old.
Ready to volunteer? Submit your application to one of the websites listed above.