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Ready. Set. Start Puppy Raising!


Get Ready to Fill your Heart and Home with Puppy Love

Thank you for your interest in being a Puppy Raiser (or shorter-term Sitter of puppies and/or dogs in training) with International Hearing Dog, Inc. (IHDI). While this may be a lengthy application, we know you understand why it is important for us to get to know you! Our puppies are excited to meet you and start exploring life with you.

First Name *
Last Name *
Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
Do you consent to be texted by us?
Preferred method of contact?
Co-Raiser Information

(If raising with another person/family outside of your home or if the primary raiser is under 18 years old. The Co-Raiser must also submit a completed application)

Do you own or rent your home?
If you rent, is your landlord aware of your intent to be a puppy raiser?*
*We will need a letter from your landlord that they acknowledge and are aware of having a puppy in your home (we can assist with this as service pups in training have special consideration in CO).
Do you have a yard?
Is your yard fenced?
*If you have current dogs/cats in the home, we will need to see vaccination records that your dogs/cats are up to date on all required vaccines prior to puppy raising.
Are you in school?
Are you employed?
*It is IHDI's policy not to leave a puppy alone for more than 4 hours.
Have you ever owned a dog before?
Do you have any dog training experience?
Are you willing to socialize and train the puppy at home and in public?
Do you have the ability to travel to and attend Pup Raising classes weekly?
*By filling out these references, you agree to allow a representative from IHDI to contact your character references.
Things to Consider*

These puppies are all service dog candidates and you, as a Puppy Raiser, are expected to uphold IHDI's training, guidelines, and procedures. If you are found not following IHDI's guidelines, training, and/or procedures, IHDI reserves the right to terminate you from the Puppy Raising program.

IHDI staff will make all decisions regarding placement, acceptance into the hearing dog program, training, feeding, care, and medical treatment of all puppies being raised.

IHDI retains ownership of the puppy in a Puppy Raiser's care.

A Puppy Raiser may be asked to return the puppy to IHDI at any time.

Our pups in training are not permitted to go to dog parks. Violation of this rule will result in termination from IHDI’s Puppy Raiser program.

IHDI does not make any guarantee relating to the animals' health, temperament, behaviors, or actions.

IHDI is not responsible for any property damage or personal injury suffered by you, members of your household, including your own animals or any third parties. It is the Puppy Raiser's responsibility to provide adequate controls to prevent such damage or injury.

As the puppies grow and learn, the variety of possible venues will grow as well. However, it is important that puppies are only exposed to settings and experiences that they are developmentally prepared to take part in. Consequently, you can only have the Puppy in Training accompany you to places and experiences pre-approved by the IHDI staff.

*By signing this application, you have read through, understand and agree to all points outlined under "Things to Consider." 

First Name *
Last Name *

** Submission of this application does not guarantee your acceptance into our Puppy Raiser program. Approval will be determined on the review of your application, interview of the whole household, background check, and a home visit.

Thank you so much for your interest in raising a puppy with IHDI!