Puppy Raiser FAQ's

Where do you get your dogs from?

LAD has its own breeding program of Labrador Retrievers. We also accept purebred, high quality donated dogs from select breeders across the country.
Can you be a Puppy Raiser if you have other pets at home?

Yes! Your LAD puppy must be the only puppy under 12 months old in the home.  Be sure that you have time to work with your LAD puppy if you do have many other pets at home.
Can you be a Puppy Raiser if your employer won’t allow you to bring the dog to work?

Yes, as long as there are still ways for your puppy to socialize and as long as the puppy is left in a crate for an appropriate amount of time depending on their age.  Younger puppies should only be in the crate for a maximum of 2-3 hours except for bedtime.
How long will I have to wait before I get a puppy?

That will vary widely depending on whether we have any puppies available and if they match your home, life-style and personality.  The typical time is 1-2 months.
What expenses is the Puppy Raiser responsible for? What is the cost of raising a puppy?

The puppy raiser is responsible for ZERO costs. LAD provides all food, veterinary care and supplies.
How often/At what ages are the puppies evaluated?

The puppies are constantly being observed and evaluated. You and your puppy will go through evaluations with a LAD trainer at least bi-monthly. 
What should a Puppy Raiser do if their dog has a medical emergency?

While there are some “emergencies” that can be handled at home, your Team Leader is your best, first contact if you don’t think it is an emergency.  If it appears life threatening, then contact your veterinarian or if needed an emergency Vet immediately.
Can I get a new puppy before/right after my current puppy goes in for Advanced Training?

Normally it is easier to start a new puppy after your current puppy leaves for advanced training, however there are occasions where you may receive a new puppy while you still have your current dog in training.  You and your team leader would discuss it on a case by case basis.
Is it hard to give away the dog?

Yes and no…you will become very attached and it will be difficult, but when you see the dog working it is all worth it.  Your first graduation ceremony, where you hand the leash to the person whose life you have changed, will put it all in perspective.
What do you do with the puppies that don’t make it?

We try and find an alternate service dog career that may be better suited (diabetic alert, search and rescue, etc.) to the dog.  If nothing fits, puppies/dogs that were born at LAD and are better suited as pets, are placed with families as a career change dogs.  Puppies that are donated by breeders often times have contracts with the breeders and are often returned to the breeder to find another career or home for the dog. The best interest of the dog is always our top priority.