Who Are They?
Special people who love to hold newborn puppies while providing an opportunity for the newborns to
learn to trust humans
What Does it Take to be a Puppy Petter?
- Puppy Petters can be adults or children.
- Children must be at least 5 years old
- Children must be accompanied by an adult:
- One adult for each child – ages 5 to 10
- One adult per 2 children – ages 10 to 16
- All volunteers must go through Volunteer Orientation.
How does this help the Puppy?
- Gives puppies stimulation
- Makes puppies more trusting of people
- Puppies enjoy grooming as they grow up
How does this help Power Paws?
- Develops more socialized puppies in training
- Develops more trusting puppies in training
- Engages the community to further our mission
How does this help me?
- Decreases stress (how is petting a newborn puppy stressful??)
- Has been know to lower blood pressure
- Has been know to lower heart rate
How do I sign up for Puppy Petting?
- Please fill out a Puppy Petter Application
- Remember that you must attend Volunteer Orientation before you can participate
- When we have a new litter of puppies, announcement will go out via Facebook and our e-mail list.
- Instructions for dates, times and sign-up will be included in our e-mail announcement.
How do I handle a newborn Puppy?
- For puppies that have not completed their parvo inoculations (under 4 months), we have to be extremely careful about not exposing them to Parvo, a deadly dog disease:
- Always wash your hands with disinfectant soap before touching puppies.
- Don’t enter the puppy yard without being invited by the host
- Put the puppy down in the designated puppy yard or whelping box only with permission of the host!
- Always hold the pup with two hands. Don’t let them fall! This means you CANNOT hold the puppy with one hand while taking a photo with the other hand!
- Be gentle with them. They need to be trusting of people, handle with care.
- Children must be supervised at all times.