We are Dogs Trust Dog School a branch of Dogs Trust. Dog School was set up to give owners training support in 2017 and at low cost, in the aim to prevent dogs being relinquished to rehoming centres due to reasons which may have been preventable (had owners had support earlier down the line).
Our key demographic is puppies (the younger we can give support the better!) but we also run adolescent and adult / rescue classes. We mainly run classes but do the occasional 121 sessions.
Our classes are small (max 6 dogs) with two trainers per class (and our aim is to get 2 volunteers per class too!) so owners can get as much support as possible; once owners have enrolled in a course with us they have lifetime training support available via phone / email also.
Dog School West Yorkshire was set up a year and a half ago; we run classes in Holmbridge, Honley, Pellon, Shelley and Mirfield. We are looking for more volunteers for our classes so we can make them as beneficial as possible!
Volunteer Role TitleDog School Volunteer
About the Volunteer RoleIn this role you will be supporting and assisting the Dog School Coaches during training classes. The aim of Dog School is to help owners to train their dogs in a kind, fair and effective way, which will enhance day to day living and enable the best possible relationship to develop between the owner and dog. You will provide support to the Dog School Coaches so that they can deliver the best training services to dog owners. You will also help owners with training tasks during classes supporting where required on a one to one basis. The role also involves setting up and packing down the equipment needed for the classes and helping with any administration needed within the class. As a Dog School Volunteer you will be an ambassador for Dogs Trust and Dog School and will be knowledgeable on the work of Dogs Trust and the purpose of Dog School. You will need to be available to attend regular classes on an on-going basis. We are looking for people with with excellent face to face communication skills with the ability to listen. You will be confident and have an approachable manner. You will need to have confidence around different breeds and sizes of dogs and the ability to work comfortably in a close-knit team. You will have a good level of fitness as the role will be fairly active and be passionate about dogs and dog welfare. We will provide you with a main contact who will manage your tasks, answer your questions and help you with the volunteer rota. We offer an induction and ongoing role-specific training, guidance and support as well as an opportunity to develop your current skills, and to gain new ones. We will provide a Dogs trust volunteer uniform, alongside recognition of the role that you are carrying out in support of Dogs Trust through our Volunteer Merits Scheme. Please note we do not offer travel expenses. We ask that our Volunteers have use of their own transport for safety reasons as some of our classes are in remote places and our evening classes finish at 8pm. Our classes currently take place on Friday and Saturday daytime and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Type Of RegularFlexible
Suitable for under 18'sNo
Type of roleSport / Physical Activity, Gardening / Conservation / Practical
Special RequirementsNeed to be able to drive, Need to have own car, Must be able to commit to the same set of classes every week.
Anywhere in Kirklees