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Puppy Raisers and Sitters Needed for New Susquehanna Service Dogs Puppies

Susquehanna Services Dogs is looking for Puppy Raisers to raise future service dogs. These dogs will change the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Puppy Raisers raise a dog for 18-24 months, giving the dog basic training and socialization opportunities. No experience is necessary.

Harrisburg, PA (PRWeb) March 18, 2013—This spring, Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD) is expecting several litters of puppies that will be learning how to be service dogs. SSD is looking for Puppy Raisers to raise these puppies to change the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

Puppy Raisers are volunteers who raise future service dogs from the time they’re nine weeks old until they’re 18-24 months old. Puppy Raisers provide a safe and loving environment, healthy routines, basic training, and socialization opportunities. They take their puppy out in public to places like the mall, the grocery store, restaurants, movie theaters, amusement parks, and more.

No experience is necessary. SSD teaches their Puppy Raisers everything they need to know. Puppy Raisers learn the clicker training method of positive reinforcement and attend puppy classes and outings 2-4 times a month. Classes are located in the Harrisburg area.

SSD also has a Northeast Puppy Raising Program, located in northeast Pennsylvania. The Northeast group holds puppy classes in Bear Creek Township, PA.

SSD also needs Puppy Sitters who can watch the dogs while their Puppy Raisers are on vacation or are otherwise unable to care for their dog.

People interested in becoming Puppy Raisers or Sitters can apply online at https://www.keystonehumanservices.org/susquehanna-service-dogs/foster-home.php.

For more information about SSD and other volunteering opportunities, visit www.keystonehumanservices.org/ssd.

Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), a program of Keystone Human Services Children & Family Services, has placed more than 210 service dogs with people who have disabilities since its inception in 1993.  SSD dogs assist children and adults with mobility, hearing, and psychiatric disabilities, as well as people with autism and military veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Each dog is professionally trained to meet the individual needs of their partner, including tasks such as opening doors, picking up dropped objects, assisting with daily dressing, or pulling a manual wheelchair.  The program is fully accredited by Assistance Dogs International and is a program of the United Way of the Capital Region.  SSD relies on donations and a dedicated group of volunteers, many of whom raise the dogs that will go on to change lives, to fulfill its mission of “Opening Doors and Changing Lives.”

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