Becoming a Puppy Parent
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Puppy Parent for Hounds for Heroes.
Being a Puppy Parent offers you the chance to be part of a team of volunteers who socialise our puppies. Our Puppies are placed with Puppy Parents at 8 weeks old, they need a caring and understanding home while they are learning and developing the skills to become an Assistance dog. As a Puppy Parent you will be the main socialiser of our puppy, attend weekly training classes at the centre and one-to-one sessions where our trainers will guide you through our training programme and give you the tools you require to re-enforce the skills our puppies are learning.
Our Puppies stay with their Puppy Parents for 14-16 months; however at any stage of the training it may be deemed beneficial to re-home or home swap the dog depending on training requirements. After this stage the puppy will move on to Advanced Training. The charity will provide all food, equipment, veterinary fees, insurance and reasonable travelling expenses while our puppy is in your care when attending training. Being a Puppy Parent is very demanding but the rewards are plentiful, especially seeing your Puppy (cadet) at his/her Passing Out Ceremony with their Disabled Partner.
A Puppy Parent needs to meet the following criteria:
Live within a 25 mile radius of our Training Centre
Be at home most of the day
Have a secure dog friendly private garden
Have the use of a car to attend Puppy classes
Follow Hounds for Heroes training methods and schedules
Have a commitment and a sense of humour
If you are still interested in becoming a Puppy Parent please complete our Puppy Parent Application form and return it to us by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Hounds For Heroes , Unit 2B , Rookery Farm Buildings, Ramsdean , Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 1RU