Puppy Raising Program


Assistance dogs aren't just born, they're raised.

Volunteer  puppy raisers provide specially- bred puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love.

Each hour spent caring for a Canine Companions puppy is vital to its development as a future assistance dog. The puppy raising program provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to assist with our very important mission.

Complete the puppy raiser application!

Please note: You must be at least 18 years old to be a volunteer puppy raiser. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian as a co-applicant on the puppy raiser application.

Canine Companions also has puppy raising programs in place at various prison facilities across the country.

Peggy Jensen quote

Raise a puppy, change a life.

Girl and pup

  • Provide a safe environment for a puppy who will be the only dog under 1-year old in the house.
  • Work closely with Canine Companions monitoring the puppy’s progress and submit monthly reports.
  • Attend Canine Companions approved obedience classes.
  • Teach the puppy manners and basic commands.
  • Provide financially for the puppy’s food, medical and transportation expenses.
  • Feed the puppy a diet recommended by Canine Companions.
  • Provide a kennel or crate for sleeping indoors.
  • Provide the puppy with age-appropriate socialization opportunities such as public outings and medical appointments.
  • Keep the puppy on a leash at all times unless in a securely fenced area.
  • Supervise the young puppy throughout the day.
  • Agree to return the puppy upon request.

Prison Puppy Raising Program

Canine Companions currently has facilities throughout the US raising puppies. Learn more about Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

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