Breeding Stock Host Job Description

Position Overview

Breeding stock host is a volunteer position that provides homes for our breeding stock dogs during the time they are producing puppies for our program. Volunteers provide a home for a Leader Dog breeding stock dog for two to nine years and keep our breeding stock dogs safe, healthy and available to Leader Dog as needed. Volunteers with breeding stock mom dogs whelp litters of puppies in their home and raise the litters for their first six to seven weeks of age, providing necessary experiences, quality care, exercise and early manner training for puppies. This is a long-term commitment with a very intense six-week commitment while a litter is in the home.


  • Physical strength and balance to effectively and positively manage an adult dog and a litter of active puppies
  • Ability to bend over, squat, pick up and hold a squirming puppy weighing up to 15 lbs.
  • Must be adaptable, able to follow directions and willing to get dirty
  • Must be committed, capable, observant and punctual
  • Able to take on the financial and time commitments related to routine care, feeding and transporting of the dog to our campus in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Leader Dog provides veterinary care when performed at our Rochester Hills campus, as well as heartworm and flea preventative treatments

Time Commitment and Scheduling

  • Must commit to a minimum of two years
  • Must commit to two litters a year if hosting a mom dog
  • Flexibility is important; all attempts will be made by Leader Dog to provide provisions for life events

Breeding Host Application