Puppy Raising FAQ
We work with several breeders to try to get the best quality of dogs with the best temperaments possible in a variety of breeds.
Your application must first be accepted, and then we need to visit and evaluate your living arrangements during a home visit; if you pass our process the time it takes to receive a puppy will vary depending on when our breeders have puppies available.
Yes, you don’t have to be with the puppy every second of the day as long as you have an adequate place for the puppy to stay while you are gone.
A house is the optimal environment, but as long as you have a proper place for the puppy to be and you are willing to give the puppy extra activity to make up for the lack of space/yard, you can still raise a puppy in an apartment.
Yes, but if you have other dogs they must all be currently vaccinated and spayed/neutered. Also if the service dog puppy has not had of all its shots yet we request that you don’t take the dog in public areas because it may contract an illness.
Of course! Puppy raising is a fun way to get used to dogs, and can also help you learn to understand them better.
Raising any puppy is a big job, and raising a Service Dog Puppy is an even bigger responsibility that should never be left to a child; if your children want to be involved in raising the puppy they are certainly welcome to do so, but puppy raising should be a project for the whole family.
You could bring the puppy with you on vacation (which can help the puppy get used to planes, trains, and long car rides), but if that is not possible you would need to contact Doggie Does Good to make arrangements for the puppy to stay somewhere else. These arrangements must be made in advance.
We like the puppies to learn social skills as well as how to acclimate to new environments, so as long as you have both gone through the application process and had a home visit it would not be an issue.
Doggie Does Good will provide a couple of toys, veterinary care, and a kennel. We require you to provide quality dog food and any other toys and/or extra products you would like for the dog to have.
You need to talk to your tax advisor about your specific case, but Doggie Does Good is a non-profit (501(c)3) so there is a possibility that your puppy raising expenses are tax deductible.
You will receive a binder with all this information when you receive your puppy. Doggie Does Good Service Dogs all have a binder including all their individual information. There will be a check list of all health and safety requirements within this binder.
Contact Doggie Does Good, and get the puppy to the vet immediately.
When the puppy first arrives it will most likely not be altered, but it will eventually be spayed or neutered. We require all dogs that go through the Doggie Does Good Service Dog Program to be altered.
Once the puppy has had all of its vaccinations and has completed Doggie Does Good Puppy Class you will be able to start taking the dog several places with you. However, the Doggie Does Good Service Puppy should not start going into businesses until it is completely potty trained.
We generally don’t recommend it because we don’t have control over other people’s dogs. In addition to this risk, the puppy will most likely not have finished its vaccinations by the time it first arrives. We don’t want the Service Dog Puppies getting hurt or possibly contracting an illness due to being unvaccinated.
No; because the puppy is going on to do bigger and better things it is usually fairly easy for families to allow the dog to move on to helping others. If you would like continue being a puppy raiser we will try to get you a new puppy as quickly as possible.
Our goal is to get you another puppy as quickly as possible if you want to continue to be a Puppy Raiser, but the times do vary depending on puppy availability.
This situation rarely occurs and is worked on a case-by-case basis. We will assess your situation if/when it arises.