Paws for Responders, LLC
“It's one of those programs that is great to have. All of us love her, and though it takes dedication, we will utilize her all the time”
Officer Bill Collins,
Sherwood Police Department
We would love to help you add a Comfort K9 to your life. Check out the points below, and the steps provided to get an overview of the Program.
Pick a Puppy
Starting with a young puppy, still in their socialization period, ensures that the puppy will feel right at home in their work environment. Plus, who doesn't love a puppy?! Emergency responders, and community members build extremely close bonds with therapy dogs when they can watch them grow and mature from puppyhood. Paws for Responders (PFR) will pick out the best puppy for each facility after the program requirements have been determined. Contact us to set up a meeting before bringing home a puppy!
The Primary Handler is responsible for the care and training of the puppy throughout its career. This person takes the puppy home after work hours and is the main advocate for the dog and the program. Check out Things to Consider to determine a good Primary Handler candidate.
Primary Handlers go through training with PFR to learn exactly how to raise their new puppy to meet the standards of a working, successful facility dog.
Don't let the title fool you, Secondary Handlers are vital to a successful program. These handlers can use the dog in situations that their work position may have more exposure to, and are available as puppy caretakers when the Primary Handler is unavailable. We recommend a team of 2-4 Secondary Handlers to help with the daily upkeep of a working pup.
Secondary Handlers also go through training with PFR to help the puppy maintain a consistent training program.
There are too many benefits to create an exclusive list, but here are a few to consider when adding a Comfort K9 to your team:
The perks of this program go beyond the morale boost in the facility. Here are a few ways adding a Comfort K9 to your team can have a greater impact:
What sets this program apart?
Why become a Puppy Raiser?
You will be a "certified Comfort K9 puppy raiser"
You will get weekly, free dog training sessions with a certified trainer
You will have free access to the entire online dog training program
You get to play with and love on a puppy!
You have the immensely rewarding experience of raising a dog to provide comfort and support for people who need it
Children and teens benefit from the responsibility, structure, and community service aspects of the program
Schools and workplaces may allow the raisers to bring the puppy-in-training
Costs for the puppy's medical, food, grooming, and basic supplies are covered
You get monthly breaks, when the puppy goes to stay with their primary handler
Other dogs, pets, kids, etc get the benefits from having an additional dog in the home without the 10+ year commitment of a new pet
If the dog is dropped from the program or retires, you will be on the list for adoption