How to become a puppy carer

Being a Puppy Carer is a very rewarding role. If you are interested in becoming a Puppy Carer, you will need to meet some requirements.

The area you live in

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Melbourne Metropolitan suburbs from Portsea to Yarra Ranges, to Bendigo to Ballarat to Geelong CBD and everything in between.


Sunshine Coast only

We do not currently have a program in NSW, WA, SA, TAS or NT at this stage. However if you have people interested in those areas, please feel free to contact us and we can chat further.

Nominated handler

The puppy should have one adult carer (nominated handler) who is responsible for all aspects of the puppy’s care, socialisation and training. This helps with consistency of training which is very important.

Other members of the household can help with the training but it needs to be kept consistent.

Be the dedicated contact

The puppy must be with the carer for most of the day and must not be left alone for more than 3 hours at a time.

A puppy sitter can be used if you have regular commitments that mean you can’t take your pup with you, provided they follow the same guidelines. This could be a friend or neighbour.  

Have a secure yard

The carer must have a yard with secure fencing that is free from hazards such as sharp surfaces and toxic plants.

Have dogs inside your home

SEDA puppies must sleep inside and learn to be relaxed and calmly behaved indoors.

Do you have one or less dogs in your household? (If you have more than 1, please check with your local council, usually councils allow 2 dogs, and some allow 3).

For renters

Be available

The carer should be available for visits from a Puppy Supervisor during the week during business hours. We also conduct group training sessions on a regular basis and your Puppy Supervisor will advise of dates and locations.

A good way to meet other puppy carers and their pups.

Give the puppy lots of socialisation

Carers must be able to provide regular socialisation experiences for the puppy as directed.

These should include travelling in cars and on public transport, exposure to traffic, shops, cafes, restaurants, crowds and animals, walking in city and country/suburban areas.

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Conduct basic training

Carers must provide firm consistent training for their puppy under the direction of their Puppy Supervisor. The puppy is a working dog and should be treated as such.

There are specific rules to follow and these must be adhered to strictly, this will not only help the dog but make the experience more enjoyable for the carer as well. 

If you are interested in becoming a puppy carer and believe that you have answered yes to the above criteria please apply and find out more about the application process