​Full-Time Puppy Raisers

Full-time puppy raisers live and work with their service dog-in-training in their homes for an extended period of time. Before you decide to foster one of our adorable, energetic dogs you may want to consider the following:


Puppy raising requirements include:

  • Providing a safe, healthy environment where the dog feels loved and wanted​
  • Understanding that this is a family commitment and everyone in the family is to be involved in the welfare of the dog
  • Socializing and keeping the dog with you as much as possible (i.e. shopping, work, family outings, etc.)
  • Teaching the dog good house manners
  • Exercising and training your dog daily
  • Having a fenced-in yard
  • Obtaining regular medical care (i.e. vaccinations) for the dog in coordination with Patriot PAWS
  • Completing monthly reports provided by the trainers
  • The willingness to follow the training guidelines given by Patriot PAWS
  • Returning the dog to Patriot PAWS as instructed by the trainers
  • Attendance at training classes at least twice a month, daytime classes are held two Fridays each month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • PLEASE NOTE, THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY FOR THE DOG MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD


Please remember that puppy raising is a donation of your time, energy and service. We at Patriot PAWS appreciate your dedication to our program.


Email us for additional information at office@patriotpaws.org


Weekend Puppy Raisers

If you are unable to commit to being a full-time puppy raiser, another option is to become a weekend puppy raiser. Our dogs need to be pets, too! Weekend puppy raisers help socialize our dogs by allowing them in their homes to play and meet all kinds of people. We also expect weekenders to have our dogs in a safe environment and work on good house manners. Weekenders will pick up their dog on Friday at the Rockwall Training Center and drop off their dog on Monday at the Rockwall Training Center.​


Weekend dogs will not be given public access (i.e. he/she will not come home with a Patriot PAWS vest).

Puppy Raisers