Guide Dogs – Training Dog Fosterer

Guide Dogs
A full induction to the organization as well as role specific training will be given. Ongoing support is provided through a staff contact.
Ideally you will: • Have a home with a safely fenced garden or safe area for the dog go to the toilet. • Have dog handling experience but not essential. • Be a confident and conscientious driver and have access to a car you are insured to drive. If you don’t feel you tick every box but are sure this role is the one for you, please drop us a message and tell us why. We’re open to suggestions and happy to chat with you to find out what’s possible!

We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. We have dogs at the end of their training who need a home until they are matched up with their client. You will care for the dog for around 4 weeks full time until they are matched with a client.

What does the role involve?
• Providing a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for a dog.
• Ensuring the dog is fed, exercised, and cared for to maintain excellent health.
• Using positive reinforcement training techniques to teach or maintain behaviours.
• Ensuring the dog is not left alone for more than 4 hours in a 24-hour period.
• Requires flexibility as the Guide Dog Mobility Specialist staff member will have to pick up and drop off the dog at various times on different days depending on the dogs training needs.