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Assist With Service Dog Training, Care, and Events

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Volunteer Position Name / Role: Assist With Service Dog Training, Care, and Events
Date Posted: Friday, April 12, 2024
Organization Name: K9 Country Inn Inc.
Organization Contact: Laura Mackenzie
Why you might want to consider taking this opportunity: Looking for a way to make a paw-sitive impact in your community? Volunteer with K-9 Country Inn Inc. and join us in our mission to train service dogs that change lives. Whether you're a dog lover, seeking valuable experience, or simply want to give back, volunteering with us offers a rewarding opportunity to make a difference. Join our pack today and experience the joy of helping others, one wagging tail at a time! Visit our webpage to learn more!

We have recently moved locations and are working hard to make it accessible for all as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience.
Type of Organization: Health-related Service
More Info Link:
Volunteer type position is suitable for:
  • Youth
Duties / Roles / Activities: Possible Tasks May Include:
- Grooming and Care
- Assisting in Training
- Creating Social Media Content
- Puppy Socialization
- Socialization Outings
- Canine Fitness and Health Care

And more!
Sample Tasks: - Learn proper grooming techniques to assist in bathing and brushing dogs
- Work alongside experienced trainers to assist in training exercises
- Create TikToks, Instagram and Facebook posts to promote our cause
- Play and engage with puppies to encourage socialization
- Help desensitize dogs to different environments
- Take the dogs on walks or hikes to encourage activity

And many more!
Dates & Times:
  • Daytime
  • Evening
Seasonal: All Year
Location of Volunteer Activity:
  • Any Dufferin
  • Orangeville and area
  • Shelburne and area
  • Grand Valley and area
Wheelchair Accessibility: No
Can be used toward '40 Hours' for Highschool Graduation (OSSD): Yes
Does this opportunity relate to COVID-19: No
Commitment Length / Duration: Long Term (more than 1 year)
Training Required:
  • None
Transportation: Own Transportation Required
Expires: Sunday, September 1, 2024
Areas of Interest:
  • Support for seniors / older adults
  • Support for Children / Youth
  • Support for persons with disabilities
  • Community and information services for the general public
  • Event Planning / Fundraising and special events
  • Agricultural / Animals / Animal Services
  • Marketing / Communications / Public Relations
Skills / Experience: While no skills or experience is needed, some things that may be beneficial when volunteering with us are...

Dog Handling Skills: Ability to handle dogs of various sizes and temperaments safely and confidently. While beneficial, you will be taught proper handling skills if needed.

No Allergies to Animals: Volunteers should have no allergies to animals.

Comfortable with Getting Dirty: Volunteers should be comfortable with getting dirt or messy and potentially dealing with dog waste.

Not Afraid of Dogs: Volunteers should not be afraid of dogs.

Basic Dog Knowledge: Familiarity with canine behaviour and care practices. While none is required, it would be beneficial, but all eager to learn are welcome.

Patience and Empathy: Ability to remain patient and empathetic when working with dogs undergoing training.

Communication Skills: Clear communication with other volunteers and staff members to ensure the well-being of the dogs.

Physical Fitness: Some tasks may require physical strength and stamina, such as walking or grooming larger dogs or handling heavy bags of dog food.

Reliability and Commitment: Dependability in fulfilling volunteer commitments and following through on assigned tasks.

Flexibility: Willingness to adapt to changing circumstances and tasks as needed.

Passion for Animal Welfare: A genuine interest in improving the lives of service dogs and the people they assist.

Respect for Policies and Procedures: Adherence to organizational policies and procedures related to animal care and safety, and client confidentiality.

Teamwork: Ability to work collaboratively with other volunteers and staff members to achieve common goals.
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