Paws for Responders, LLC  

Comfort K9

There are few things more rewarding than seeing a puppy that you raised have a positive impact on their handler and community. I have been overwhelmed with emotion time and time again, watching these pups that took up so much of my time, energy, and love, doing the jobs they were raised for. Though it is always rough handing the puppy over at the end of our time together, hearing that first story of how the pup changed their partner's life makes it worth it every time. I am always thrilled to hear the lifetime of stories that follow the first, and am always eager to start the next puppy, who will quickly be on their way to writing new stories of their own.

- A Note from Kelsey, 

Puppy Raiser since 2004

Our puppies...

Comfort K9 puppies are chosen through a careful screening process from pre-approved breeders. They are paired with the Handler Team and Puppy Raiser that will be best suited for their success, and are given a customized training program that meets their needs. Puppies are all incredibly different, so each and every puppy will be closely monitored throughout their training program by a Certified Trainer and their program will frequently be updated and adjusted to fit their unique personality.


The "Shared Custody" Program is a unique feature of Paws for Responders, where facilities are able to co-raise a puppy with a Certified Trainer and/or Certified Puppy Raiser. This program takes puppies chosen for specific jobs and places them in environments focused on raising and training confident, calm, career-oriented, canine companions. Puppy Raisers go through a certification process, and are required to attend weekly sessions to make sure that the pup they are working with stays on track. Typically, puppies stay with the Puppy Raisers part-time for 12 months, and go through daily training sessions, weekly social outings, and regular visits to reunite with their Handlers. The main goal of the Puppy Raisers is to make it easy for the puppy to be successful in their life as a working dog. It takes a village to raise a qualified working dog: from breeder, to puppy raiser, to trainer, to handler, to veterinarian, to groomer, to pet store staff, to program sponsors, to members of the community. Everyone plays a vital role in helping these adorable pups succeed. 

Below lists the 4 standard Shared Custody Program options:

Trainer Jump Start - 

90/10 Custody Program


Only available for facilities in service area


Trainer:

  • Has puppy in their home for (2) 3-week Stay and Train periods for first 2 months (6 weeks total)

Handler:

  • Has puppy with them for remainder of each month
  • Puppy is transferred to handler full time after 2 months
  • Access to online and printed material
  • Receives private session when puppy is transferred
  • Receives on-going training throughout entire program


Starting at $15,000*

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Joint Custody -

40/60 Custody Program


Only available for facilities in service area 


Puppy Raiser:

  • Has puppy in their home for 2-3 weeks/month (30 weeks total)
  • Attends weekly group meetings with trainer
  • Receives private sessions with trainer
  • Access to online and printed material

Handler:

  • Has puppy with them for remainder of each month
  • Puppy is transferred to handler full time after 12 months
  • Access to online and printed material
  • Receives monthly private session when puppy is transferred
  • Receives on-going training throughout entire program


Starting at $23,000*

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Scheduled Visits -

20/80 Custody Program


Available for facilities within extended service area


Puppy Raiser:

  • Has puppy in their home for approx 9.5 months (43 weeks total)
  • Attends weekly group meetings with trainer
  • Receives private sessions with trainer
  • Access to online and printed material

Handler:

  • Has puppy with them for 3 weeks at a time every 3 months (9 weeks total)
  • Puppy is transferred to handler full time after 12 months
  • Access to online and printed material
  • Receives private session when puppy is transferred
  • Receives on-going training throughout entire program


Starting at $28,000*

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Full Custody -

100 Custody Program


Available for all facilities 



Puppy Raiser:

  • Has puppy in their home for approx. 12 months (48 weeks total)
  • Attends weekly group meetings with trainer
  • Receives private sessions with trainer
  • Access to online and printed material

Trainer:

  • Has puppy for (4) 1-week Stay and Train periods

Handler:

  • Puppy is transferred to handler full time after 12 months
  • Access to online and printed material
  • Receives 3 day training course when puppy is transferred
  • Receives on-going training throughout entire program


Starting at $33,000*

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*Additional Notes:

  • Price covers cost of puppy, food, medical and grooming, basic supplies, training of puppy, training of handlers, all printed and online training material, transportation of puppy (if within service area), follow up sessions for the full program (approx 22 months)
  • Additional fees apply to puppies in facilities out of service area
  • Recommend adding private sessions, as needed
  • Every program is adjusted to meet the needs of the puppy, facility, and handlers involved
  • Check out the Puppy Sponsorship options to help cover costs!

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