Puppy petting is great way to help with our puppies’ socialization. Before puppies become 12 weeks old, they have a window of opportunity called a “socialization period” where early experiences will heavily shape the puppy’s future. Because of this, we take careful precaution to ensure that most experiences are positive. Our puppies need to be comfortable with diversity in the outside human world to work as a service dog, so proper socialization can help prevent problems such as fear of children or men, for example. Petting from community members help better acclimate our pups to all types of sights, sounds, and smells and the puppies will likely be comfortable with people and animals of all shapes, sizes, colors, ages, etc. later if they have a positive experiences with them while growing up. Involvement with puppies is fun and a therapeutic way to interact and educate our local Phoenicians, and is also beneficial to our puppies’ future at the same time.
Puppy Petting sessions will be held every week and details can be seen on our calendar. Everyone is welcome to come. All participants must have an application in and a RSVP is greatly appreciated. We ask that all people please remove their shoes, sanitize their hands, and not visit with shelter or sick animals the same day prior to coming to avoid spreading zoonotic diseases.
In anticipation that you are accepted into NADI’s Puppy Petter Program, please read and and acknowledge the terms below. (All adults need to sign the agreement; parents or legal guardians may sign for minor children.)
- I declare that the information I provided in my application is accurate.
- I understand that if I am injured while volunteering as a Puppy Petter with NADI, I am not covered by Arizona State Worker’s Compensation law.
- I indemnify and hold NADI Dogs harmless from and against all claims, losses, liabilities and damage to person or property, governmental charges or fines and attorney’s fees arising out of acts or omissions of NADI Dogs.
- I authorize NADI to copyright, use and publish for art, sales materials, advertising, promotion or any other lawful purpose whatsoever, articles written or comments made by me as well as photographs, picture, portraits or images made through any medium.