Puppy mentors are vital in the development of a service dog and our mission. Puppy mentors raise a service dog in training for up to two years, helping them grow and achieve their ultimate goal by giving back to our first responder community.
What is required to be a FRK9 puppy mentor?
* A passion for supporting first responders
* Ability to provide a safe, stable, and loving environment
* Love for dogs
* Attend 1-2 hours of training classes, to include outings
* Track progress and submit monthly reports
* Have a work/living arrangement suitable to bring service dog in training everywhere
How to know you’d make a great puppy mentor:
* You have a strong desire to give back in a big way
* You know or want to learn the true impact dogs have
* Can commit yourself for 1.5-2 years
Puppy sitters are there to help our puppy mentors when they need a hand! We are looking for dedicated volunteers who would be able to house service dog in trainings on weekdays and weekends.
Puppy petters are trained how to handle our special service dog puppies to help socialize them to new people. Although puppy petting has proven therapeutic to us, petting plays a significant role in their neurological development, which prepares them to be better service dogs!
Whether it’s at our headquarters, at a puppy mentor class, or an event, we can always use extra hands!
Ideas of extra help:
* Office/admin support
* Cleaning and maintenance
* Special event preparation
* Dog transportation
* Basic dog handling