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BE A HOME FOR A
PAWS BREEDING DOG

 


 

A Breeding Host helps PAWS breed puppies that will become future Assistance Dogs. A Breeding Host volunteers to house, train and care for a PAWS Mama or Papa Dog and makes it available to PAWS during breeding times. A Breeding Host also assists with whelping and raising litters until they are about 8 weeks old. PAWS is available to help every step of the way.

Here’s a few things a prospective Breeding Host should know:


  • We do not require dog training experience, just a willingness to learn

  • You need to live in Michigan, within two hours of PAWS National Headquarters

  • You’ll have to attend monthly obedience classes at PAWS National Headquarters

  • You must follow veterinary guidelines
 set by PAWS
  • We’ll provide you with a team of support for hosting a Mama or Papa Dog

I would like more information about becoming a PAWS Breeding Host.


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  • STEP 1:

    QUALIFICATION INFO


    Learn about hosting

    a PAWS Breeding Dog
     

    LEARN MORE

  • STEP 2:

    APPLY


    Complete application

    for consideration
     

    APPLY

  • STEP 3:

    ORIENTATION


    Talk to PAWS Staff and

    current Breeding Hosts
     

    SEE DATES

  • STEP 4:

    HOME VISIT


    Work with PAWS to

    be a successful host
     

    WHAT TO EXPECT

 

GUIDELINES FOR HOSTING A BREEDING DOG

 



“I can't say how many hours we spend watching the puppies grow and hit milestones, but it never gets old! We often refer to it as 'the greatest show on earth' right in our living room.”

Joe and Amy, PAWS Breeding Dog Hosts



Hosting a Mama Dog

Host Families Must:

  1. Not leave a Breeding Dog outside unsupervised. A fenced-in yard is preferred, but not required.
  2. Reside in Michigan and live within two hours of PAWS National Headquarters.
  3. Be willing to record whelping information, i.e. times, weight of pups, etc.
  4. Keep accurate records of all the females in season dates and report these dates to the Breeding Program Coordinator.
  5. Be willing to learn about and whelp puppies in their home.
  6. Read the Whelping Packet and be prepared to discuss and answer questions from it.
  7. Accept the responsibility for the daily care, food and medical requirements of the dog. PAWS is responsible for all breeding and litter expenses.
  8. Provide transportation to and from PAWS for breeding sessions and medical appointments and transport puppies to PAWS Headquarters when they are approximately 8 weeks of age.
  9. Maintain all vaccinations and heart worm preventative on a regular schedule and forward updated information to PAWS Veterinary Department.
  10. Maintain regular exercise and monitor the weight of the dog to prevent excessive weight gain.
  11. Attend monthly Breeding Dog classes at PAWS National Headquarters and make the Breeding Dog physically available to the Breeding Program Coordinator at least two times per year for an ongoing evaluation.
  12. Maintain the dog’s obedience skills by attending Basic Obedience Classes during the first year of fostering then maintain regular obedience training throughout the fostering agreement of the Breeding Dog.
  13. Not have more than three other dogs residing in the home. The other dogs must be spayed or neutered.


Hosting a Papa Dog

Host Families Must:

  1. Not leave a Breeding Dog outside unsupervised. A fenced-in yard is preferred, but not required.
  2. Reside in Michigan and live within two hours of PAWS National Headquarters.
  3. Accept the responsibility for the daily care, food and medical requirements of the dog. PAWS is responsible for all breeding and litter expenses.
  4. Provide transportation to and from PAWS for breeding sessions and medical appointments.
  5. Maintain all vaccinations and heart worm preventative on a regular schedule and forward updated information to PAWS Veterinary Department.
  6. Maintain regular exercise and monitor the weight of the dog to prevent excessive weight gain.
  7. Attend monthly Breeding Dog classes at PAWS National Headquarters and make the Breeding Dog physically available to the Breeding Program Coordinator at least two times per year for an ongoing evaluation.
  8. Maintain the dog’s obedience skills by attending Basic Obedience Classes during the first year of fostering then maintain regular obedience training throughout the fostering agreement of the Breeding Dog.
  9. Not have more than three other dogs residing in the home. The other dogs must be spayed or neutered.

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Paws with a Cause 

BREEDING HOST ORIENTATION

 

“Each dog is somebody else’s miracle you made happen.”

Chuck and Katie, PAWS Breeding Dog Hosts

Orientation is a great way to learn about the Breeding Host Program, talk to current Breeding Hosts and ask questions of PAWS staff members. Please RSVP.

Upcoming Orientations










 
Location

PAWS Canine Development Facility 

4646 South Division
Wayland MI 49348
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RSVP


Dawn Bohan 

dbohan@pawswithacause.org  

800-253-7297

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BECOME A SUCCESSFUL BREEDING HOST


As you join PAWS on this journey, we want you to know we’re partnering with you from the beginning, every step of the way.

At the Breeding Host orientation or shortly afterwards, you’ll be contacted by PAWS to arrange a home visit. This is our opportunity to answer any additional questions you have and see the environment the dog will be living in. We’re checking to see that it’s a safe, pet-friendly environment. It also allows us to give advice about feeding, crating and letting the dog out as you prepare to host a PAWS Breeding Dog.

Please note: PAWS’ goal is to have a safe environment for our volunteers. In order to ensure that, PAWS conducts a criminal history background check for all prospective PAWS’ volunteers.

We retain the right to determine whether or not to engage a prospective volunteer who has a criminal history. When making a decision whether or not to allow service by a prospective volunteer with a criminal history, PAWS will consider:

  • The nature and gravity of the offense or conduct
  • The time that has passed since the offense/conduct and/or the sentence
  • The nature of the volunteer position sought

  • Background checks may take up to two weeks to complete. You are NOT required to complete a background check in order to attend an orientation.

    Once a Host is approved and a Breeding Dog is available, PAWS will contact you to make arrangements to place the dog in your home.

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