How will raisers be selected for these potential collaborative puppies?
Litters with the potential for collaboration are identified before puppies go out to puppy-raisers, and raisers will be informed prior to accepting a puppy that it is a potential export. While this opportunity may not be for every puppy-raiser, we know many raisers will be excited at the opportunity to contribute on a global scale to providing assistance dogs to clients around the world.
What are the odds of a collaborative puppy being selected for export?
It’s hard at this stage to put odds on it, however it bears keeping in mind that nearly all of the puppies who enter puppy-raising currently are designated as potential breeders, and only a small percentage end up qualifying for the Breeding Program as young adults (about 6%). As with PADS breeding candidates, in many cases the whole litter of puppies will be in the running as breeders, with at most 1 or 2 breeders being selected.
Are schools compensated for the loss of dogs selected for export?
Currently, if a litter is earmarked as a collaborative litter, a school who is offered a credit puppy from that litter is offered a second puppy without it counting as one of the ABC puppies it is entitled to from the distribution queue. While the exact details are still evolving, it is possible that exchanged dogs will be replaced by a puppy from an ABC litter.