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Canine Support Teams

Service Dog

Goldens, Labs, Standard Poodles, Lab/Golden Crosses, Doodles, Mixed Breed Rescues

Assistance Dogs International

Canine Support Teams

Southern California, Remote



Org provides:

  • Pre-approved Vet Costs

  • $350 towards Spay/Neuter

  • Leash

  • Puppy Collar

  • Vest

  • Heartworm - provide or reimburse

  • Flea/Tick - provide or reimburse

Raisers pay for:

  • Food

  • Crate

  • Toys

  • Treats

  • Grooming Supplies

  • Bowl

  • Large Collar

  • Treat Pouch

  • Poop Bags

  • Grooming for breeds like Poodles

Supplies & Financial 


Basic Skills 

Basic obedience commands, directional commands, Socialization, Loose leash walking, Crate training, Potty training, Public access behavior, Self-control around distractions, Grooming, Puppy needs to pass a Canine Good Citizen test before turning in

Training Responsibilities

  • Online Application

  • Attend a puppy program orientation session

  • Read the puppy raiser manual

  • Complete a home visit (will be scheduled after you attend orientation).

  • Attend two hands-on dog handling training classes (will be scheduled after your home visit).

  • Agree to abide by all the rules and responsibilities of puppy raisers.

  • Minimum of one class per month

  • Non-Local Raisers must sign up for obedience classes at own expense

  • Zoom classes/lessons with Puppy Instructor


  • 2 monthly classes at CST Facility

  • Monthly outings with puppy

  • Monthly training reports due on the 10th of each month for month before

  • Remote raisers sign up for local training classes at their own expense

Time Commitment

When advised by Puppy Raiser instructor (around 12-18 months)


  • Martingale Collars

  • 4-6' Black Leash

  • Gentle Leader (case by case, only with approval)

Training Equipment

Puppy Raiser manual and Group Classes 2x a month. All new skills are introduced in puppy classes. The Puppy Raiser Instructor demos new skills and provides instruction chats in class where raisers get the chance to practice new skills, ask question, and receive feedback. Canine Good Citizen Test Items.

Training Guidance

Generally, at 18 months of age our dogs are turned in for formal training at CST HQ. We have individual scheduled turn in times with the puppy raisers and trainers. This allows the raisers privacy during a nerve-wracking and emotional day as well as gives them one on one time with the trainers. Raisers can reach their puppy raiser instructor by phone, email, or BAND app at any point to ask questions, arrange for a meeting, or anything else they may need! After turning in the Puppy Raiser Instructor will send updates to puppy raisers throughout their advance training in the Prison Pup Program.


Canine Support Teams has graduation once per year (January) and it is open to the public. If puppy raisers have a dog that is graduating, they are invited and recognized at graduation. Everyone who was involved with the dogs graduating (sponsors, donors, breeders, raisers, etc.) can chat with the dog's new handler, learn more about their job, receive a graduation gift, and are recognized on stage with the dog. Contact of new handler isn't shared until Graduation in January. 


Canine Support Teams is a small program that offers a comprehensive approach to puppy raising and working closely with trainers, utilizes the prison programs to help rehabilitate inmates, provides service dogs free of charge for Veterans and at a discounted rate for civilians and rescue dogs from local shelters to become service animals. 


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