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Puppy Raisers take a puppy for various periods of time. 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 3-4 training sessions a month either as part of a group or with a Trainer. Applicants may be required to undergo a probation period where they attend lessons and puppy sit.
Trainers take the Service Dog in Training for the final phases 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. Trainers do not need Service Dog experience, but should meet our minimum expectations. Applicants do not need to have Service Dog training experience, but they should be well-versed with clicker training. If you are interested in getting a start as trainer but do not have experience, consider puppy raising. Our training staff will provide training.
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. Instructors are expected to help with puppy raising and housing an Advanced Training Service Dog (in Training)
We are always looking for client focused individuals to join our Client Support Team. If interested, please contact ClientTeam@K9PAD.org
Responsible for fundraising, events, and community outreach. These volunteers may attend events, source donations, organize fundraisers, and sell merchandise.
Volunteers must abide by our Code of Conduct, Confidentiality Agreement, and other Regulations and Policies. We have positions that may suit different lifestyles. Any position that requires caring for a dog has a more involved commitment requirement.
Volunteers must have reliable transportation to fulfill their requirements.
Puppy Raisers MUST be able to commit to 3+ outings per week and daily training.
We do not have a permanent location. Meetings and sessions may be around Halifax and surrounding areas. We currently train in Hammonds Plains, NS.