Interested in becoming a Young Puppy Trainer?

Young Puppy Trainers 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 5-8 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!

What are the 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 5-8 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.

  • Trainers make approximately a four month commitment when a puppy is placed in their home.
  • Trainers are responsible for taking their pups to vet appointments (generally 3-4 times over the course of the pup’s time with you). EENP covers the cost of vet care.
  • Trainers are responsible for getting their pup to EENP for a monthly health check. The health check may coincide with a vet visit, but will not always.
  • [Currently not happening because of the pandemic] Trainers must be able to bring their EENP pups to our office on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays with drop-off generally at 9 am and pick-up generally at 4 pm. This will not be needed every week, but pups will be needed in the office on those days for at least two months of their time with you.
  • 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. Trainers are not allowed to take their dogs on buses except when supervised by an EENP staff trainer.
  • Trainers must regularly attend group training classes with their pups. These are currently on Wednesday evenings. Due to the pandemic, group classes are generally held by Zoom. When conditions safely allow it, the youngest pups train at EENP’s office while the older pups will have class at field trip locations sometimes.
  • [Currently not happening because of the pandemic] Trainers must be able to bring their pups to PR events from time to time (generally about 1-2 times per month).
  • Trainers must be able to complete weekly training assignments and be willing to follow EENP’s instructions.

How do I get started?

We'd love to have you join us! Please fill out the application below to let us know more about you, and we'll be in touch as soon as we can. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Young Puppy Trainer application

Application to become a Young Puppy Trainer

  • Contact Information

  • The volunteer database is used to schedule volunteer shifts and classes.
  • Your Household

  • Availability

  • Please note that due to the pandemic, weekly classes are currently held via Zoom and EENP is not hosting pups in the office during the workday. These could return as conditions change, but are not happening as of June 2020. We do still want to know if volunteers are able to do these things in the event they are restarted.
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