Volunteer Puppy Raiser and Fosterer

Organisation Name: Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Hull & Humber Mobility Team

Organisation Address:
Hull Community Team
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Unit 3, Annie Reed Road
Beverley HU17 0LF
Tel: 03451430207
website: www.guidedogs.org.uk
Follow us on Twitter @gdhumberlincs
www.facebook.com/GuideDogsHull

Organisation's Cause:
Animals
Disability Services

Type of Voluntary Activity:
Volunteering with Animals

Location of Voluntary Activity:
At Home / Digitally

Role description:
Puppy raisers needed in the YO26 and YO30 areas of York please

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

Puppy Raisers (formerly called 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.

Skills and behaviours needed for the role:
Great communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Experience with dogs is a great advantage
We will supply all food and cover vet costs
You will receive 24/7 support and full training

Will there be a DBS check? Yes

Driving Licence required? Yes

Volunteer's own vehicle required? Yes

Suitable for:
Families
Ongoing Volunteering

What will the volunteer gain/benefit from:
You will be providing a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog!

When are volunteers needed: Volunteers needed in the YO26 & YO30 areas now

How to get involved:
Please visit the Guide Dogs website and apply directly online via our website or contact Linda Conway on Linda.Conway@guidedogs.org.uk or 0800 781 1444 to find out more about the role

Web link: Click here

Closing date: 31-12-2021