National Service Dog Month

Did you know that September is National Service Dog Month?

National Service Dog Month was created to celebrate dogs who help humans. You can find Service Dogs not only assisting individuals, but in schools, skilled nursing facilities, courthouses, physical therapy practices, hospitals, and much more. The goal in each setting remains the same – the working dogs help to support and increase independence for the people they are servicing.

Service dogs have become a much more common occurrence in society. There can be questions about how to interact with a service dog or even what kind of rights these working animals have. Can you deny a service dog entry to your store? Is it ever okay to pet a service dog? Topics like these will be covered at the National Service Dog Appreciation Events throughout the month of September!

View the one-minute animation short below focusing on educating people about how a professionally trained Assistance Dog is expected to behave in public and how to tell the differences between a real service dog versus an impawster dog.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Unable to attend a National Service Dog Month Event?

Here are a few ways that you can be engaged from your phone/home

Like and share DBL National Service Dog Month social posts

Fill out an application to become a Puppy Raiser/Breeder Caretaker

Share this DBL’s National Service Dog Month page with friends

Learn more about becoming a National Ambassador for DBL

Your gift today makes life better for people and dogs.

Will you pick up the leash and help us lead?

Check out one of the tabs below to learn how you can get involved!

Become a Puppy Raiser

Our Puppy Raiser program brings people of all ages together, creating a community of caring and hardworking puppy raisers. We look for potential puppy raisers who are willing to dedicate their time to help us build a solid foundation for these future Assistance Dogs.

Our puppy raisers receive a puppy at 8 weeks of age and continue to raise the puppy until it is 14 months of age. During their time raising, they attend basic obedience classes with their puppies. They also go on public outings to expose the puppies to a multitude of different environments. After the year of raising and training, the puppies are ready to return to Dogs for Better Lives to begin their next step towards becoming an Assistance Dog.

Our puppy raisers are integral to what we do. We are just as committed to them as they are to our organization, and together we create a community dedicated to helping others. As we continue to grow as an organization, so will the rapidly increasing need for puppy raisers. The more dogs we rescue or puppies that are raised, the more people we can serve.

We currently place puppies with volunteer raisers in the following areas:

  • Southern Oregon
  • Greater Seattle, WA (Puget Sound)
  • Northern California
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire

Puppy Raisers should –

  • Have no more than two dogs, and they must be over two years old.
  • Have the ability to attend all puppy classes.
  • Be willing to learn from our trainers and use our methods of training.
  • Have the time to dedicate to raising a foster puppy.
  • Have patience and understanding.
  • Have experience raising a puppy, and be knowledgeable in common puppy behaviors such as chewing, digging, barking, etc.
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Become a Breeder Caretaker

Breeder caretakers open their heart and home to a purpose-bred dog from Dogs for Better Lives’ breeding program. Enjoy the companionship of a well-mannered Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, or a cross of the two and help bring future generations of assistance dogs into the world to one day change someone’s life.

As a caretaker, you will assist in whelping puppies and play a large role in raising and socializing puppies until they are old enough to transition into their raiser homes. When breeder dogs are ready to retire, they are spayed or neutered and most are adopted by their breeder caretaker family.

We currently place breeder dogs in the following areas:

  • Southern Oregon
  • Greater Seattle, WA (Puget Sound)
  • Northern California
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire

Thinking of helping us change lives? Apply today!

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Become a National Ambassador

National Ambassadors

Volunteer opportunities where YOU live! We are seeking volunteers that would like to help promote Dogs for Better Lives (DBL) through fundraising events, interviews, promotions, festivals, and social media.

Ambassadors serve as representatives of DBL in their local area/region. They give presentations to a variety of groups telling them about our special work. Ambassadors are entrusted with the responsibility of representing DBL in a professional manner and raising the awareness of our mission and programs.

Ambassadors also have the unique opportunity to conduct applicant interviews where they have the opportunity to meet with prospective clients on a personal level. As an Ambassador Interviewer, you will perform and record the interview for DBL. Functioning in this capacity for the organization allows you to meet the people we serve and save the organization a considerable amount of funds. On average, an interview carried out by an Ambassador saves DBL 65% over a staff-performed interview.

  • Table a booth and/or present at a local school, community event, or conference
  • Participate in and promote DBL volunteer opportunities and peer-to-peer fundraisers
  • Promote DBL with your local community groups (Lions, Good Sam Clubs, Kiwanis, Rotary, 4-H Club…)
  • Organize a local fundraising event benefitting Dogs for Better Lives

To learn more about where our current Ambassadors volunteer their time and outreach to their respective communities across the U.S., visit our online Impact Map.

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Become a T.A.G. Volunteer

T.A.G. volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of our dogs and puppies in training. Providing assistance in each step of their journey, our volunteers make it possible for these dogs to succeed. Together we can change lives one paw at a time. For more information check out our website at:

T.A.G. Volunteers:

  • Offer short-term fostering for our dogs in training
  • Provide a safe home environment
  • Observes dog behavior in a home setting
  • Transports dog to Dogs for Better Lives when needed
  • Changes lives!
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