CSDA Puppy Raiser Application
California Service Dog Academy is a non-profit dedicated to raising, training & providing Service Dogs to people that legitimately need them. CSDA is a candidate program for Assistance Dogs International and adheres to a high standard of training for both dogs & handlers. CSDA is dedicated to using positive reinforcement training methods with our dogs.

Volunteer puppy raisers provide specially-bred puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love.

Each hour spent caring for a CSDA puppy is vital to its development as a future service dog. The puppy raising program provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to assist with our very important mission.

Please note: You must be at least 18 years old to be a volunteer puppy raiser. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian as a co-applicant on the puppy raiser application.

The purpose of this application is for us to get to know you better and to make sure that being a Puppy Raiser is right for you!
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Email *
Your Name *
When is your birthday? *
Preferred communication type? *
Are you willing to accept our Foster Swap policy? (Every 3 months all puppies will be swapped between fosters to help with their training and help them be able to acclimate to new environments and situations) *
Address (Street address, City, Zip) *
Phone Number *
Are you (the applicant) 18 years of age or older? *
Who would be primarily responsible for the care and training of the puppy/dog? *
If you are a minor, who is the adult who will oversee the process and provide support as needed? (Please include name, relationship to applicant, email and phone #) *
Do you own or rent your home? *
If you rent your home, do you have permission from your landlord to have a dog? (If owned select "does not apply")
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Please list all human members of the household: *
Are there any children in the household? If so how old? *
Are all members of the household interested in becoming a recruit raiser, and willing to comply with our procedures? *
Is anyone in the household allergic or scared of dogs? *
Please list all animal members of the household: *
If you have other dogs, are they spayed/neutered? How do they get along with other dogs? (Put N/A if this does not apply to you) *
Is your yard fenced? *
Please describe your home and yard: *
Please describe a typical day in your household: *
Have you had a puppy/dog before? *
Do you have a preference on a puppy or older dog? *
Realistically, how soon can you take in one of our puppies/dogs? *
Please describe what a typical day will look like for a puppy/dog in your household: *
Puppies, as well as older dogs need socialization. How many times per week can you reasonably take your puppy/dog out for field trips? *
Training is an important aspect of raising a service dog. Are you willing to commit to at least 1hr of training with your puppy/dog everyday? *
Are you willing to commit to at least 2 monthly meetings with one of our trainers? (These can be virtual as well) *
Are you aware that puppies pee, poop, jump, bite, chew stuff, get up early, require frequent potty breaks, bark, whine, cry, require training, go to the vet a lot and are all kinds of wonderful if you can be patient and enjoy this puppy phase? *
Are you willing to commit to using positive reinforcement training techniques with your puppy? *
Why do you want to be a recruit raiser? *
How did you hear about us?
We will be in contact with you shortly!
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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