Covid-19: If you are interested in volunteering for us, we would love to hear from you. We are still taking applications for many of our volunteering roles and we are always looking for people who can help us raise the next generation of life-changing guide dogs.
The Puppy Walker volunteering role is a long-term role where a puppy will live with you for at least a year.
Due to the current restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, some of our volunteering applications are taking longer to process. In some areas we may not be able to complete applications until face-to-face contact can be resumed.
Is this volunteering role right for me?
This is a full-time and long-term role volunteering role, as our puppy would live with you in your home for at least a year. You will be providing a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog!
You must be aged over 18 and be able to confidently handle the dog as its strength grows. You need suitable housing and must be able to give the time, commitment and love a puppy deserves.
What does Puppy Walking involve?
Puppy Walkers play a vital role in the early socialisation and education of guide dogs. At about seven weeks of age, puppies start their early training, remaining with you until between 12-16 months of age. They then head off to a training centre to begin their specialised training.
- You will need to care for, feed and train the puppy. This is very time consuming and - particularly when young - our puppies cannot be left on their own for more than three hours.
- You will be expected to teach basic obedience commands and you will need a suitable outside area (ideally gravel or pavement) where the puppy can go to the toilet.
- The puppy must be familiarised with different environments and you will be expected to introduce the puppy to different people, sounds and situations.
Find out more about how we'll support you and the puppy.
Key requirements and FAQs
Meet Fiona - volunteer puppy walker
What are the next steps?
If you think you could become a volunteer puppy walker for us, then the next step is to check if there is a 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 puppy walking option - don't worry! We do update our opportunities all the time so make sure you check back in.
Once you have completed the application online, and matched our criteria, a member of our volunteering team will be in touch. Then, the next stage is for a puppy training supervisor to arrange a visit to your home for an introduction and friendly interview. The welfare of our puppies and dogs is of the utmost importance, so we need to check that you and your family are able to cope with the demands of having a puppy. The puppy training supervisor is an expert and will be able to answer any questions you may have.
After your interview, you will hear within 10 working days whether or not you've been successful. At this point we will take up references and provide you with any additional information.