Volunteer Puppy Parent

Canine Partners is a registered charity that transforms the lives of people with physical disabilities by partnering them with assistance dogs. Our amazing dogs bring a greater independence and quality of life to their partners, offering support, security, companionship, and practical help with everyday household tasks.

Canine Partners are looking for caring family homes in West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire to raise, socialise and train puppies and young dogs up to the age of 18 months old.

If you can support Canine Partners by helping raise and train one of our puppies or dogs, we would love to hear from you.

We consider this to be a full time volunteer role. The puppy / dog will live with you from 8 weeks old until it is ready to progress into advanced training. This is between 14 to 18 months old.

Support and Training:

- Induction process which includes submitting of application, telephone interview, home visit, training and handling sessions.

- Each volunteer is allocated a Canine Partners trainer as their first point of contact.

- Receive regular training, resources and other important information via your trainer, this may be in the format of physical copies, digital or in person.

- No previous dog ownership experience is needed but you must meet the criteria listed above to be considered.

- Payment of expenditure such as mileage to and from a training session with a Canine Partner representative.


What is involved with being a puppy parent?

- Be available for and attend training session that will involve:

  • home visits
  • virtual online training
  • one-to-ones
  • visits
  • regular group puppy training classes

- Regular visits to various environments to expose the puppy to the following conditions in order to socialise them: busy town environments, car travel, public transport, children, cats, other dogs (different breeds), and other domestic animals.

- Train the puppy in the basics including: house training lead walking, and general obedience.

- Train the puppy using positive dog training methods, following the support.

- Advice of our expert trainers who will teach you the fundamentals of puppy socialisation as well as simple commands and exercises.

What is required to become a puppy parent?

- The primary puppy parent must be 18 years or over.

- Have a dog friendly secure garden and a designated dog toileting area (this will be discussed during interview).

- If you are a dog owner, you can have two pet dogs of suitable temperament. This will be assessed as part of the home assessment. They must be over 18 months of age.

- At home for most of the day and live within an hour of the requested location.

- Time to provide the puppy with the socialisation and education it needs in order to prepare it for advanced training.

- Stamina to manage an young active puppy / dog.

- Access to own transport to travel to classes and training locations on a regular basis.

- Maintain focus that the puppy in your care, remains a Canine Partners Dog and will go on to become a fully trained assistance dog with one of our partners.


  • Not suitable for under 18's

When can I volunteer?

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This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.

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