What if someone could give you an adorable little Labrador puppy, help you train it, and pay for its food and vet bills too?
Well that’s exactly what Assistance Dogs Australia offers to its volunteer Puppy Educators.
You can help us match more life-changing Assistance Dog with someone on our waiting list, by raising a puppy at home.
You don’t need to be an experienced dog trainer, or even to have owned a dog before. You just need an open mind, a safe and loving home, and the willingness to have lots of fun, and learn along the way.
After 10-15 months in your home, your L-plate puppy will head back to Assistance Dogs Australia to complete advanced training before qualiying as an Assistance Dog.
You can rest safe in the knowledge that because of you, your puppy will go on to change someone’s life forever.
Firstly where you live is very important. Currently, we need Puppy Educators in Sydney, Sutherland Shire, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne. We are not recruiting in ACT, SA, WA or the Northern Territory although we would love to be in a position to do so.
This is PAWfect for you:
- If you want to test what is like having a puppy for up to 15 months at home with your family, before committing to getting your own dog.
- If you have children over 3 yrs. old who are desperate to have a pet dog at home.
- If you are retired, work from home, or work shifts which mean that a puppy is not left alone for more than 4 hours a day.
- If you want to understand more about dog psychology or puppy training before you have your own dog.
- Or if you simply have the time to give and are looking to get some puppy love in your life.
As a Puppy Educator you will:
- Be available for puppy classes and specific training with our great puppy behaviour experts. On average we will visit you at your home every two weeks for a training session with a group puppy class once a month.
- Have regular access to a car to transport the dog to vet visits and classes.
- Not leave the puppy at home alone for more than 4 hours a day.
- Have the puppy live and sleep inside the house.
- Love to play games and learn new training methods.
- Be patient.
- Not have children under 3 years of age.
- Not be adverse to poop-scooping.
- Have a secure fenced back yard, or access to an outdoor area.
- Help us spread the word about Assistance Dogs Australia at events or media interviews.
- Be able to give the dog back when it is time for the dog to have their final training.
We prefer for our super puppy to be the only dog in your household, but if you have another dog, we are happy to conduct a quick temperament test for compatibility. Unfortunately, a household with two or more dogs may not be suitable for this very imPAWtant job.
We will be there alongside you the whole way, offering support and guidance by:
- Offering group training classes before your receive your puppy.
- Arranging training classes and outings.
- Providing you with food and equipment for your dog.
- Covering veterinary costs.
- Supporting you through the training of your puppy with highly trained and qualified dog behaviour experts.
- Finding a home for your puppy when you are on holiday.