Home Socialising

Introduce puppies to the world

Be part of our process developing the next generation of Guide and Assistance Dogs. Home Socialisation involves taking two 8-week-old puppies for a week and introducing them to all sorts of sounds and experiences so they are strong and ready to move onto puppy raising.

This is a very important intermediate step that allows the puppies to move from the nest, where they lived with their mums and siblings, to the puppy raising home reducing to the minimum any potential stress to the puppy.

The main requirements

  • No kids under 5

  • Completely enclosed garden

  • If pets are in the house, they need to be neutered, up to date with vaccinations, wormer and flea treatment

  • The pups need to be housed indoors

  • A member of the family must be able to be at home with the puppies for the week that they will be in their care.

Our main objective is to introduce them gradually to a new environment, different from the house where they were born.

We will provide food/toys/equipment etc. and virtual support as well as onsite support if needed.

Cork and Dublin areas are currently the preferred areas for home socialisation.

What are the benefits?
  • Be part of a dynamic, committed community of like-minded people

  • Make new friends

  • Share a home with a wonderful dog

  • Ultimately, be a part of making a difference to someone's life by helping our pups on the first steps of their training journey

Please complete the following form to sign up to become a Home Socialisation Volunteer

Please ensure you have read the eligibility criteria mentioned above before applying to become a Home Socialisation Volunteer

Have any questions? Contact us today at: 0818 506300 or email:

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