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Offered by:
Canine Partners
 
Location(s): Aspley, Basford, Berridge, Bestwood, Bilborough, Bulwell, Bulwell Forest, Castle, Clifton East, Clifton West, Dales, Hyson Green and Arboretum, Leen Valley, Lenton and Wollaton East, Mapperley, Meadows, Radford, Sherwood, St Ann's, Wollaton West, Outside of Nottingham City
 
Address where volunteering takes place: Canine Partners Ashby Road Osgathorpe LE12 9SR  

How many places are on offer?

Several

Purpose of Role:

Canine Partners is a registered charity that transforms the lives of people with physical disabilities by partnering them with assistance dogs. Our amazing dogs bring a greater independence and quality of life to their partners, offering security, companionship, and practical help with everyday household tasks.By volunteering at Canine Partners you contribute to something very special - ‘transforming the lives of people with physical disabilities by partnering them with assistance dogs’.Canine Partners are looking for caring family homes in Osgathorpe to raise, socialise and train puppies and young dogs up to the age of 18 months old. Ideally with-in 45 minutes drive of LE12 9SR post code area.

If you can support Canine Partners by helping raise and train one of our puppies or dogs, we would love to hear from you.

‘With out the continued hard work and support from our puppy parents, we would not be able to provide our clients with our life changing dogs’.


Role Description:

What is involved with being a puppy parent?
Be available for and attend training session that will involve:
o home visits
o virtual online training
o one-to-ones
o visits
o regular group puppy training classes
Regular visits to various environments to expose the puppy to the following conditions in order to socialise them: busy town environments, car travel, public transport, children, cats, other dogs (different breeds), and other domestic animals
Train the puppy in the basics including: house training lead walking, and general obedience
Train the puppy using positive dog training methods, following the support and advice of our expert trainers who will teach you the fundamentals of puppy socialisation as well as simple commands and exercises.

What is required to become a puppy parent?
The primary puppy parent must be 18 years or over
Have a dog friendly secure garden and a designated dog toileting area (this will be discussed during interview)
If you are a dog owner, you can have two pet dogs of suitable temperament. This will be assessed as part of the home assessment. They must be over 18 months of age
At home for most of the day and live within an hour of the requested location
Time to provide the puppy with the socialisation and education it needs in order to prepare it for advanced training
Stamina to manage an young active puppy / dog
Access to own transport to travel to classes and training locations on a regular basis
Maintain focus that the puppy in your care, remains a Canine Partners Dog and will go on to become a fully trained assistance dog with one of our partners

 
Skills and Qualifications:

What is required to become a puppy parent?
The primary puppy parent must be 18 years or over
Have a dog friendly secure garden and a designated dog toileting area (this will be discussed during interview)
If you are a dog owner, you can have two pet dogs of suitable temperament. This will be assessed as part of the home assessment. They must be over 18 months of age
At home for most of the day and live within an hour of the requested location
Time to provide the puppy with the socialisation and education it needs in order to prepare it for advanced training
Stamina to manage an young active puppy / dog
Access to own transport to travel to classes and training locations on a regular basis
Maintain focus that the puppy in your care, remains a Canine Partners Dog and will go on to become a fully trained assistance dog with one of our partners. This is a full time volunteer role. The puppy / dog will live with you from 8 weeks old until it is ready to progress into advanced training. This is between 14 to 18 months old. In a home environment and with-in the local community.

Support and Training
Induction process which includes submitting of application, telephone interview, home visit, training and handling sessions
Each volunteer is allocated a Canine Partners trainer as their first point of contact
Receive regular training, resources and other important information via your trainer, this may be in the format of physical copies, digital or in person
No previous dog ownership experience is needed but you must meet the criteria listed above to be considered
Payment of expenditure such as mileage to and from a training session with a Canine Partner representative

 
When required:

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this opportunity.

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Evening
 

Additional information:
Are there age restrictions for this opportunity? Yes
Age Restrictions:

The primary puppy parent must be 18 years or over

 
Are there gender restrictions for this opportunity? No
 
Is the opportunity accessible to disabled people? Yes
 
How long before volunteer can expect a response?

3-4 days

How long to complete training and recruitment?

5 -8 weeks. This will vary with current Covid guidelines

 
Volunteer Expenses offered? Yes
Induction and Training offered? Yes
Support and Supervision offered? Yes
Has a risk assessment been carried out? Yes
DBS Disclosure required? No
 

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