The role of the Puppy Raiser is to socialize the puppy to as many different environments and situations as possible: offices, restaurants, malls, elevators, public transportation.The ultimate goal is to help the puppy develop sufficient social skills and behaviours to enable it to be accepted in all environments. The Director of Training oversees this program, the training classes and assesses the progress of the puppy. We also have an Early Education Program for some of our puppies. In this program, the volunteer delivers the puppy to our Training Centre Monday through Friday and our training staff will work with the pups during the day. The raisers keep the pup overnight, and on weekends. This program is modelled on our Adult Foster Home, and additional details can be found in that section. Visit our document directory to see if you fit the criteria or to fill out our volunteer application form.
These homes provide a low stress, stable and caring home environment while the dog is in advanced training. The dog is delivered to our facility every morning and picked up at the end of the day by the foster family.During the day, the dog will have one-on-one instruction with our apprentices under the direction of our Director of Training. This program gives the training staff the opportunity to observe every aspect of the dog's social behaviour in and out of the working environment. Visit our document directory to see if you fit the criteria or to fill out our application form.
These volunteers provide temporary accommodations to our dogs in training. These situations arise when foster families have vacations or last-minute trips away from Edmonton, ensuring that our dogs are never kenneled.The training jackets worn by all puppies in the training program make the volunteers in our Foster Home programs highly visible, public ambassadors for Dogs with Wings. Visit our document directory to see if you fit the criteria or to fill out our application form.