* Have a love for dogs.
* Display a patient and professional demeanor.
* Have a desire to assist others.
* Be willing to learn.
* Show a POSITIVE attitude.
* Provide a loving, safe environment to house the dog. Apartments are acceptable.
* Attend private instructional classes as provided by WAGS 4 Kids staff at least once every two weeks.
* Provide adequate exercise including at least 20 minutes a day to allow for of running, playing, walking
* Take the dog out into public settings a minimum of 3 times per week. Examples of outings include: the grocery store, restaurants, movie theaters, malls and parks.
Our Fosters commit to keeping a dog for a period of 2 months or longer. They will receive their dog in training along with a lesson and all the necessary supplies. The fosters will receive regular follow up training sessions with the dog. The dog in training will stay with the foster full-time for the term of the foster period, but can turn to staff for boarding or vacations as needed. At the end of the term the dog in training will either go to a new foster for more training, move back to one of our prison training programs, or move on to be fostered by a staff trainer to finish its advanced training.
Our program is successful because they receive a broad range of socialization by living with many different fosters, in varying home environments , and are able to visit new public locations regularly. Our fosters receive skilled education and continuous support which allows our dogs to be successful.
* Healthy, temperament tested puppies and/or young adult dogs to foster within their home.
* Paid medical for their foster dogs.
* A dog crate, bowls, leash, collars and toys for their foster dogs.
* Regular instruction on dog training and behavioral management.
* Continuous support and guidance.
* The blessing of assisting the disabled through their efforts.