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a Next Step Service Dog Puppy Raiser, you will be teaching your puppy about
love, trust, bravery, basic obedience, and socialization. As a raiser you and
your pup will have public access to the movies, church, theme parks, bowling
alleys, restaurants, stores and malls. You will use public transportation like
buses, trains, and airports. They can go with you on vacations. You will expose
them to all of the things they could encounter as a working service dog, so
they become confident and comfortable in any situation.
are constantly learning during their first year of life! You will enjoy
learning our specialized training to teach your puppy basic obedience commands
like sit, down, stay, heel, and come.
a volunteer Puppy Raiser of a future service dog is a 12 to 15 month-long
commitment of time, energy, and love. Every day through care and training,
Puppy Raisers provide the critical foundation that puppies need to begin formal
service dog training. There are few things in this world more heart-warming
than seeing your puppy work seamlessly with its teammate knowing that you’ve
given someone a level of independence that she or he did not have before.
What is NSSD responsible for?
What is a Puppy Raiser
All Puppy Raisers agree to 4 training sessions prior to first placement.
placement, Puppy Raisers agree to attend a training session each week for the
first 5 months and then two training sessions per month thereafter.
Can you commit
to 2 training sessions in a one-month period prior to placement?
Are you available for trial dog sitting (using a crate
and following NSSD guidelines)?
This is a 4 page application. At any point in time
you can click on the Save my progress and resume later checkbox at the
top of the page. You will then enter an email address and password.
You will receive an email with a link to come back and complete the form.
In order to maintain our liability insurance, we have the responsibility to support certain standards of conduct for our volunteers. A signed copy of the below volunteer guidelines must be on file in the NSSD office.
VOLUNTEERS MUST AGREE TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
Agree to provide proof of
valid driver’s license and automobile insurance. Alternatively volunteers may
indicate that they agree not to drive on behalf of NSSD including for
transportation to all meetings. Auto liability coverage must be at least
HEREBY WAIVE AND RELEASE, indemnify, hold harmless and
forever discharge, Next Step Service Dogs, Board of Directors, Trainers, Staff
and their children, volunteers, agents, employees, officers, directors,
affiliates, trusts, successors and assigns (hereinafter referred to as the
“Released Parties”), of and from any and
all claims, demands, debts, contracts, expenses,
causes of action, lawsuits, damages and liabilities, of every kind and
nature, whether known or unknown, in law or equity, that I ever had, or may
have, arising from, or in any way related to my participation in any of
the events or activities conducted on the premises of the Released Parties.
that the activities that I may participate in are inherently dangerous and may
cause serious or grievous injuries, including bodily injury, damage to personal
property and/or death. On my behalf, and on behalf of my heirs, assigns and
next of kin, I waive any and all claims for damages, injuries and death
sustained to me, or my property, that I may have against the aforementioned Released
Parties to such activities.
WAIVER & RELEASE, I assume any and all risk attendant to the premises, and
take full responsibility for, and waive any and all claims of personal injury,
death or damage to personal property associated with any and all activities
conducted on the premises.
This WAIVER & RELEASE contains the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes any prior written or oral agreements between the parties concerning the subject matter of this WAIVER & RELEASE. The provisions of this WAIVER & RELEASE may not be waived, altered, amended, or repealed, in whole or in part, except upon the prior, written consent of all parties.
provisions of this WAIVER & RELEASE will continue in full force and effect
even after the termination of the activities conducted on the subject premises,
whether by agreement, by operation of law, or otherwise.
I have read, understand, and fully agree to the terms of
this WAIVER & RELEASE. I understand
and confirm that by putting my initials next to this paragraph and that by
initialing this WAIVER & RELEASE that I have given up considerable future
legal rights. I have read and agree to this Agreement freely, voluntarily, under
no duress or threat of duress, without inducement, promise or guarantee being
communicated to me whatsoever. My initials are proof of my intention to execute
a complete and unconditional WAIVER & RELEASE of all liability to the
fullest extent of the law.
Respecting the privacy of our applicants,
clients, donors, members, staff, volunteers and of the organization itself is a
basic value of Next Step Service Dogs. Personal and financial information is
confidential and should not be disclosed or discussed with anyone without
permission or authorization from the Executive Director.
Care shall also be taken to ensure that
unauthorized individuals do not overhear any discussion of confidential
information and that documents containing confidential information are not left
in the open or inadvertently shared. Applicants, clients, donors, members,
staff, volunteers, and board members of Next Step Service Dogs may be exposed
to information which is confidential and/or privileged and proprietary in
nature. It is the policy of Next Step Service Dogs that such information must
be kept confidential both during and after employment or volunteer service.
Applicants, clients, donors, members, staff,
volunteers, including board members, are expected to return materials
containing privileged or confidential information at the time of separation
from employment or expiration of service. Unauthorized disclosure of
confidential or privileged information is a serious violation of this policy
and will subject the person(s) who made the unauthorized disclosure to
appropriate discipline, including removal/dismissal. Please note, all
applicants, staff and volunteer records will be kept confidential in a locked
the boxes below:
I agree to abide by the requirements of this policy and
inform the Executive Director immediately if I believe any violation
(unintentional or otherwise) of the policy has occurred. I understand that
violation of this policy will lead to disciplinary action.
I further commit to following NSSD Policies &
Procedures and safeguard the mission and processes of Next Step Service Dogs.
Please read and check the
following carefully before signing this application:
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