For Everyone Interested in Volunteering as a Puppy Raiser for Service, Guide, or Hearing Dog Organizations
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  • Lynda, you are welcome and appreciated here! While the term "puppy raisers" generally refers to service and guide dogs, I think we would all agree that your experiences in raising a therapy dog are valuable to us too. In fact, I would encourage anyone raising a puppy for therapy work to join this group and share experiences as well.
  • Whoops! I think I joined the wrong group. Harpo is not being raised to be a service dog. I will not give him up when he is raised. I was confused about service and therapy dogs. He will be a therapy dog and I am planning to take classes with him to get him trained to go into schools, retirement centers, and libraries to meet the residents there. Maybe hospitals or rest homes if he does well in the other facilities. So, I guess I should be in the therapy dog group, not the service puppy raisers.
  • Hi Camilla!
    Well, I have never been accused of growing up...LOL...but I was raised in Orem. I spent several years in SLC, working for the U of U Med Center. I lived in Lehi for quite a while too. Now I am in northern California.
  • Jacque, I grew up in Tooele county (Lake Point), but have since moved. I lived in Sandy for a year, and now live in South Salt Lake. Where were you from?
  • Wise decision, Lynda...sounds like you and Harpo still had a great day.
  • We didn't end up going to Poodle Day because Charlie was concerned about so many new dogs. We'll go over to Carmel Beach tomorrow when it should be less crowded. We took both dogs to a park near here and walked on a dirt path, but Harpo still got four stickers in his pads. We came home and gave him a bath and he was fine with that. He looks so cute. We also tried a Frosty Paws (just a tablespoon) and he loved that. I was afraid that he would get a "brain freeze" so I cut it up into small bites. Everything is new to him and he loves new experiences.
  • Great post, Lynda, sounds like Harpo is going to be fabulous at his work!
    To answer your questions, puppies should eat 3 times per day. People sometimes disagree on the age of switching from puppy food to adult food but our general rule is that pups get puppy food until they are about 7 to 12 months old and that they are fed 3 times a day until they are at least 5 months old. (We free feed so I am not an expert on the feeding amounts.)
    You might want to look into teaching Harpo the "leave it" and "drop it" commands but stopping him from doing something is necessary. We don't use the word "no", instead we say "uh uh" and this usually gets their attention and then the second that they stop and look at us, we praise them or give them treats to reinforce that they did a good thing by stopping the behavior.
    Be prepared at the Poodle Day...many Poodle owners hate Doodles...don't take it personally... :o)
    Best wishes!
  • Harpo did great at the beach last night. He was a little frightened of the sound of the water and did not get near it. However, he met several new people and dogs and tried walking on a leash. Today we take him to Carmel Beach for Poodle Day and he should meet all kinds of dogs. He has completed all his puppy shots so it is supposedly safe for him to be around so many other dogs. This morning we also introduced him to some things that Groucho does on a daily/weekly basis. He gets the newspaper and play a search game "Go Getum" with pancakes on Saturday mornings. So a question. At 14 weeks should my puppy be eating two or three times a day? My husband says twice a day is enough. Also, what about discipline? Do you "stifle their creativity" by telling them "No". Harpo is literally into everything and I keep him in a playpen when he is in the house.
  • Camilla, thank you, I am happy to give you some pointers. Feel free to post your questions and I will address them.
    Hey...I am originally from Utah...what part of SLC are you living in?
  • I have been interested in doing this ever since I was a kid. I will greatly enjoy reading the advice and stories shared here.
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This section is only for non-profit organizations to advertise their openings for puppy raisers or to discuss their puppy raising program. This section must comply with the goals and ethics of Doodle Kisses. Posts to this section are subject to editing or deleting, without notice.

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PUPPY RAISERS, what are they?

Hello! This is a new DK group, established to educate and encourage puppy raisers! Q: What is a puppy raiser? A: Generally, organizations (usually non-profit) that provide guide, service or hearing dogs to qualified recipients need volunteers who will raise a puppy until it is trained enough to be placed with the intended recipient. Q: It would be too hard to give up a puppy that I raised, why do I have to do that? A: You are giving the most valuable gift to a person in need. Your contribution…

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