This is a full-time volunteering role as the puppy will live with the volunteer.
You will be providing the puppy with a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog with someone with sight loss.
- Feeding, training and generally caring for a puppy's needs on a daily basis is time consuming and, particularly when very young, they cannot be left on their own for more than three hours
- You will develop and care for a puppy as directed by your supervisor and as described in Puppy Walking Policies and Procedures
- You will familiarise the puppy with many different environments
- Teaching basic obedience commands you will need access to a suitable area where the puppy could go to the toilet during the day, including first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
- Home based
- Good communication skills
- Good interpersonal skills
- Experience of being in an environment around dogs an advantage
- The challenge and reward of seeing a puppy develop in your home
- The satisfaction that you have had a pivotal role in providing guide dogs that enable people with a vision impairment to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else
- Regular and ongoing support from your supervisor
- Basic induction to Guide Dogs and to the role
- An opportunity to take part in any general Guide Dogs volunteer training that is available locally
- 18 years, due to the physical strength of a 1 year old dog
- Not for this volunteer role
Meet one of our existing puppy walkers
It's like an addiction. When one goes you feel sad, but when the next one comes in they bring all their love with them.
Guide Dogs puppy walker
When we first moved here we didn’t have a dog, and whenever we went out and met someone in the street we were strangers and had no-one to speak to. But when we started with the dogs we got to know everyone. People are so used to seeing me walking a dog that if I go out without one they ask where they are.
Puppy Walking takes time, energy, patience and an awareness of the job that your puppy will be doing when he is mature. You have to be always aware that any bad habits allowed to develop may stop your puppy from qualifying, so extra time and effort has to be made in the training.
Apart from the obedience training the puppy has to be exposed to all the everyday things that he may encounter with his new owner, including going shopping, to the dentist, the doctor, travelling on buses and trains, traffic, joggers, cyclists, stairs, other dogs, cats, the list is extensive!
We love it, it keeps us occupied and fit and when we don’t have one we miss them. It’s like an addiction. When one goes you feel sad, but when the next one comes in they bring all their love with them.
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