Puppy Socializers and Sitters take a puppy for a few days to a couple of weeks for focused socialization or when a Puppy Raiser or Trainer is away.
Puppy Raisers take a puppy for the first 3 stages of it's training. The focus is on solid foundations, socialization, guided outings, obedience, manners, and leash skills. Puppy Raisers ensure the puppy is able to continue on to advanced training. Puppy Raisers will attend 2-4 training sessions a month either as part of a group or with a Trainer.
Trainers take the puppy for the final 2 stages of it's training. They build off of the foundations and learn to train advanced tasks and Service Dog skills. They attend 2-4 training sessions a month with a group or Instructor. They are responsible for Public Access Training. Some Trainers will become mentors and assist the Raisers between sessions.
Instructors teach group and private lessons to the Puppy Raisers and Trainers. They also assist with the team training once a client receives their Service Dog. Instructors oversee the Trainers and act as mentors to ensure each Service Dog in Training reaches it's full potential. Instructors have an advanced skill set but are not expected to have Service Dog knowledge. They must be well versed in Clicker Training, shaping, and have a wide skill set.
Comprised of medical professionals, and other volunteers who have direct contact with clients and their files.
Responsible for fundraising, sponsorship, and events. Each volunteer is given an attainable minimum required amount that they are responsible for achieving. Volunteers can work together to plan events. These individuals are self-starters and take initiative.
Volunteers must abide by our Code of Conduct, Confidentiality Agreement, and other Regulations and Policies. Each commitment averages a few hours a week. Any position that requires caring for a dog has a more involved commitment requirement. Many of these requirements can be done around your schedule.
Volunteers must have reliable transportation to fulfill their requirements.
We do not have a permanent location. Meetings and sessions may be around Halifax and surrounding areas. We currently train in Hammonds Plains, NS.