Co-Pilot: Raise a Pilot Puppy
What is a Co-Pilot?
Co-Pilots are volunteer puppy raisers who care for our Pilot Puppies until they can start their advanced guide dog training…the puppies get to have real-life experiences, learn important household manners, and form positive habits.
Who Can Be a Co-Pilot?
Co-Pilots are superheroes in our eyes, and they are disguised as college students, retirees, empty nesters, nurses, and teachers, just to name a few. It takes a village to raise our Pilot Puppies, and we encourage people from all walks of life to join our amazing and inspiring puppy-raising community!
If you have a love of dogs and the desire to help make a life-changing impact on someone in need, then this is the opportunity for you!
What is the Time Commitment?
Our Pilot Puppies need Co-Pilots from the time they are around 2 months old until they are about 16-18 months old; spending these impressionable and formative months in a loving home environment is vital to their future success as a Pilot Dog.
If you aren't able to raise a puppy from start to finish, that's okay...we have plenty of short-term options available, with a minimum requirement of 30 days. As long as you can commit to following the Co-Pilot program, the timeframe is flexible!
Attention OSU students: You must be a member of the Ohio State Pilot Dogs Club before applying; please contact them here to get the ball rolling!
Co-Pilot Assistance: You're Never Flying Solo!
We are committed to ensuring that you have a successful and rewarding Co-Pilot experience, and will provide you with all the tools that you need:
- A leash, a collar, a vest, a starter toy, starter food, and flea/tick/heartworm preventatives
- Free veterinary care
- Free boarding if you need to go out of town and can't take your Pilot Puppy
- Hands-on, comprehensive obedience training at our world-class training facility
- Infinite amounts of puppy kisses and unconditional love
We'll be there for you with continuous feedback, support, and partnership every step of the way!