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Become a Puppy Sitter

Raising a skilled service dog requires the dedication and efforts of many people, working together to positively impact the life of a wounded Veteran. Puppy Sitters play an important role by providing a safe, nurturing environment for service dogs in training on a temporary basis. Sometimes, WCC service dogs in training (SDiT) need a place to stay for a few days or even a few weeks. They may be transitioning between caretakers or their Puppy Parents may need time off for a holiday or a family emergency. Puppy Sitters receive the same training as Puppy Parents so they can step in with confidence and help when needed. The training covers the proper care of a SDiT, as well as socialization and basic commands.

A Puppy Sitter takes over the care of the dog when a Puppy Parents cannot. Responsibilities include:

  • Provide a safe and consistent training environment
  • Take responsibility for the dog’s health and wellbeing while in their care
  • Drop off/pick up the dog for training (may vary by program location)
  • Ability to accommodate requests during high-travel times, including the summer months, weekends and holidays

Requirements

  • Main handler must be 18+ years of age
  • Dogs in the household must be well-mannered, fully vaccinated, and well cared for

Application Process

  • Complete a Puppy Sitter inquiry form
  • You will be contacted for an interview with WCC staff
  • Attend Basic Training
  • Be flexible and patient until a dog needs sitting

Questions? Contact puppyparent@warriorcanineconnection.org