Young Puppy Trainers

Fostering EENP Pups

Young Puppy Trainers (YPTs) are volunteer trainers who raise, house, and provide basic socialization and training for EENP pups from two months of age until they enter training in prison at 5-6 months old. EENP works with interested volunteers to help them decide if being a Young Puppy Trainer is a good fit because we want it to be a successful experience for everyone!

Responsibilities

Young Puppy Trainers house puppies before they go into our Prison Program (pups will typically be two months old when they go to the YPT and 5-6 months when they go into the Prison Program). Trainers have weekly assignments which include housebreaking, crate training, and off-leash walks. Trainers do not take puppies into public settings where pet dogs are not allowed (such as restaurants or stores where pet dogs are not alllowed) as a part of routine training.

  • Approximately a four month commitment when a puppy is placed in your home
  • One week off per month when puppy will be in another trainer's home
  • EENP pups do not mouth/bite or chase other dogs. Volunteers who have other dogs need to consult with EENP about whether this volunteer position is a good fit for their households.
  • Trainers do not take puppies into public settings where pet dogs are not allowed (such as restaurants or stores where pet dogs are not allowed) as a part of routine training
  • Orientation and training classes are on Wednesday evenings from 6-7 pm

Interested in applying?

Contact Deb Cunningham at deb@eenp.org or 919-408-7292 for more information.

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