Puppy Petters

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.