The Dog Exerciser role provides help and support to the guide dog owner by occasionally walking the guide dog in its local environment, unaccompanied by the guide dog owner.
What you’ll be doing
We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. In this role your support will include:
- Ensuring the guide dog is exercised in the appropriate way as discussed with the Guide Dogs team
- Liaising with Guide Dogs staff and the guide dog owner.
- Facilitating the collection and delivery of the guide dog at pre-agreed times.
Ideally you will have/be:
- A good communicator (verbal and written)
- Good interpersonal skills.
- Good dog handling skills.
- Flexible, friendly and approachable.
If you don’t feel you tick every box but are sure this role is the one for you, please drop us a message and tell us why. You may have something to offer that we didn’t even know we wanted and would love to talk it through with you to see what’s possible!
Volunteering is a two-way street, so in return for your time you will get a dedicated volunteer manager/key contact who will help you settle in and support you during your time with us. You’ll also get:
- To support Guide Dogs in providing guide dogs and other mobility services that enable people with sight loss to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.
- An understanding of how the different parts of Guide Dogs work.
- An opportunity to build experience for your CV
- Spend time with a dog
Training and support
This role has 4 hours of mandatory training and then you’ll be ready to go! These modules include:
- Dog care, knowledge and handling
- Safeguarding (Level 1 & 2)
If you have questions about the training requirements, we can answer these at your interview along with any other support or accessibility needs you may have.
Volunteering for Guide Dogs should never leave you out of pocket. We’ll make sure we pay any expenses related to your volunteering with us in line with our policy.
What we need from you
- Criminal Disclosure check necessary? Yes. This role includes spending time (sometimes unsupervised) with children or vulnerable adults. This means we will require you to complete an Enhanced Disclosure Check.
We are working hard to make sure anyone who wants to can volunteer for Guide Dogs, but at the moment we have a minimum age of 18 for this particular role.
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If you would like to become a dog exerciser for Guide Dogs, the next step is to check if there is an opportunity available near you. You can use the search option below to find all volunteering opportunities near you and if you don't see a dog exerciser option – don't worry! We update our opportunities all the time so make sure you check back in.
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