What will I be doing?
Dog walking has many benefits both to the dog and the dog walker. Dog walkers help to reduce stress in kennelled dog. Dog walkers help in various ways:
Taking the dog into different environments, getting the dog used to the world it has to live in.
Taking the dog on long walks this helps to tire the dog both physically and mentally.
Walking on the lead in a controlled manner and teaching the dog basic commands.
Getting the dog used to travelling in a car.
With young puppies getting it used to everything that it needs to cope with in life and helping it become a well-adjusted adult.
Preventing the dog from fearful behaviour in their attitude when handling the dog and helping the dog cope with fearful situations.
What skills, experience and attributes do I need?
We need volunteers with patience and the ability to follow instruction form the centres behaviourist and staff
A love of dogs is a must!
Who will I be volunteering with?
You will be working alongside our animal centre staff
How much time will I be expected to give?
As much as you can but please do consider how much you can commit to this role before signing up. We are looking for dedicated volunteers who will come and be with our dogs in ALL WEATHERS!
Things you need to know
There will be certain dogs you will not be able to walk due to behavioural issues or because they are the subject of court proceedings.
You must also not talk about any of the ongoing cruelty cases to anyone apart from the Animal Centre staff.
Due to the number of case animals we may have there are limited numbers of dog walkers but why not be an animal socialiser and spend time with the animals in our home room or exercise yard.
What can I expect from the Branch?
You will be fully trained and have a Health and Safety induction before working with the dogs
I’m interested, what’s my next step?
If you’d like to find out more about becoming a Dog Walker and help the recovery of dogs that may have suffered abuse or neglect, then please sign up today.