With the help of dedicated volunteer foster families, our program
socializes selected puppies to prepare them for a potential career
as working police dogs. Fostering a puppy involves teaching it
basic manners and regularly exposing it to different people and
environments. At home, the foster family will be required to
housebreak the puppy, teach it basic manners and set boundaries and
limits (ie; no food begging or jumping on couch). Fosters will also
be asked to develop the puppy's potential by introducing it to
various environments (ie; high traffic downtown areas, parks,
stairs, different type of flooring etc). The goal is to produce a
confident dog that is comfortable and ready to work in any
Provided by Burke Police Dog
-Collar and Leash
-Guidance related to socialization and development of the puppy
Prohibited for all Fostered
-Homes with no other pets is preferred. If another pet is present
in the home, it will have to be kept separate from the puppy at all
-Cannot be left alone for more than 4 hours per day. The Burke
Police Dog Academy is not responsible for damages incurred within
-Cannot be used for reproductive purposes.
-Cannot sleep on a family members’ bed or couch. It is
essential for a working police dog to get used to sleeping and
resting in its crate.
-Must never be fed table scraps or human food.
-Cannot be isolated from the rest of the family (ie: tied up
-Must be a smoke free home.
-Physical force or excessive domination is strictly prohibited.
Police Dog Academy reserves the right to withdraw a puppy from any
home that it feels is detrimental to overall well being and
Length of Fostering
The puppy will live with the foster family for approximately 10
months (8 weeks-1year). Thereafter, the puppy will be returned to
the Burke Police Dog Academy for further training. Fosters must
sign a form agreeing to return the puppy at the end of the
If you are interested in becoming a foster family please
contact Doug Stoakley for an application.
Thank you to all of our dedicated
volunteers and foster families!!!