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Warrior Canine Connection

Service Dog (Veterans), Military Family Support Dog, Facility Dog

Labs, Goldens, Lab/Golden Crosses

Assistance Dogs International

Warrior Canine Connection

DC Metro Area, Asheville NC, Menlo Park CA, Philadelphia PA

Must be near a current location


Organization provides:

  • All food

  • Puppy supplies

  • Basic grooming kit

  • Flea and Tick Preventatives

  • Heartworm Preventatives

  • All Vet Care

  • Additional supplies (crate, vest, harness, leash, etc)

Raisers pay for:

  • Treats 

  • Toys

Supplies & Financial 


The Basics: 

  • Basic obedience commands

  • Socialization

  • Loose Leash Walking,

  • House Training

  • Public Access Behavior

  • Self-Control around distractions

  • House Manners

  • Grooming

Advanced Cues:

  • Touch transfers

  • Retrieve

  • Tug

  • “Say Hello”

  • Salute

  • Settling on Cue

  • And More! 

Training Responsibilities

  • Read about our different volunteer opportunities about puppy raising, puppy sitting and puppy starting.

  • Complete and submit a volunteer application.

  • Fill out separate Puppy Parent/Puppy Sitter application

  • You will be contacted for an interview with WCC staff

  • The interview will include insight into our training processes and style. You will also gain knowledge of the dedication required to raise one of our future service dogs.

  • Attend 3 Basic Training classes (1 hour each). The first one will be virtual and the other two will be in person at the training region closest to you.


  • Weekly classes at the training region closest to you.

  • Walk & Talks and Evaluations approximately every 4 months.

Time Commitment

  • Dogs are spayed/neutered after they turn a year old. 

  • However, it depends on the dog and whether or not they are going to be in our breeding program.


  • Harness 

  • Flat Collar 

  • Gentle Leader

  • Fabric Martingale

Training Equipment

  • There is a Puppy Parent manual that we require all of our Puppy Parents and Puppy Sitters to read. 

  • New commands and skills are introduced in the weekly training classes.

  • Our trainers support our Puppy Parents in the weekly classes and can see true progress since they are seeing the same dogs in class. Each level has their own set of criteria that the dog will have actively worked on and in order to move up to the next class they are evaluated on their skills.

Training Guidance

Puppy Parents are notified at least one month in advance of the dog coming in

for Advanced Training for placement. Puppy Parents will coordinate with the trainers on

dates and times for dropping off for Advanced Training. If the dogs home base is at HQ,

then the Puppy Parent will bring the dog to HQ themselves. When it comes to the other

program sites, it is very common that there is a transport arranged to bring the dog to


When Puppy Parents turn dogs in for Advanced Training, WCC celebrates the Puppy

Parent for the time and energy that it took to get the dog to this point. WCC is beyond

thankful to Puppy Parents because without them they would not be able to do what

they do in supporting our Veterans.

When a dog is turned in for Advanced Training, Puppy Parents get monthly

updates about the dog they raised.


WCC has a yearly graduation that is open to the public which celebrates all of the

dogs that have been placed with Veterans throughout the year. It’s important to us that

we also celebrate the Puppy Parents for helping make it possible for us to place service

dogs with Veterans.

Puppy Parents get to meet the Veteran once the dog they raised has been

officially placed. Our Puppy Parents often say that this is greatest reward: seeing the

dog they raised placed with their Veteran. During that special meeting between the

Puppy Parents and Veteran, contact information is commonly exchanged. WCC leavesit

up to the Veteran about how/if they want to continue to stay in contact with their dogs

Puppy Parent. On another note, WCC keeps detailed records on each of our dogs that

have been placed and we can give updates.


Before even coming into formal training, WCC dogs work with veterans through

Mission Based Trauma Recovery sessions. A WCC dog helps ~60 veterans

before graduating!

Dogs that are released from all programs are typically adopted out to veterans or military families. 

WCC has a shorter time commitment of 4 month which are Puppy



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