home for the weekend

Home for the Weekend is a great way for you and your family to be part of the miraculous process of turning tiny puppies into confident and mature Service Dogs.

What do Home Handlers do?

The families will assist in teaching home manners, giving the dogs a break, socializing them with dog friendly activities, and continue their education.

How do I sign up?

It's quick and easy to sign up...all you have to do is complete this short application and a member of the ECAD team will get in touch with you. 

What does ECAD provide?

ECAD will supply the training, food, and the dog. And, you supply the love and attention!

Other things you need to know...

  1. Attend a 2 day orientation class (Friday and Saturday)
  2. Attend one brush up training class every 2 months
  3. Complete weekly progress reports
  4. Commit to a minimal 6 month volunteering
  5. Take a dog home a minimum of twice a month
  6. Follow ECAD guidelines and rules

Training provided:

Home Handler start by attending training classes. It's important that what you do at home is the same as what we teach the dogs on campus. Over the two- day training seminar you will learn ECAD's rules, procedures, and training methods.

Pick up and drop off:

You can pick up our dogs from campus (on the Torrington/Winchester town line in Connecticut) and provide a safe and loving home for the dog on weekends and holidays. For non-holiday weekends, pick up are on Friday afternoons and drop offs are on Sunday late-afternoon/evenings. This schedule allows for the dog to spend time with you and your family, giving them time to acclimate and you time to enjoy them. 

To apply: Apply Now