Dog walkers not only provide exercise, but teach dogs basic obedience commands with the goal of making their stay at the shelter more stimulating. Training also helps the dogs make an easier transition into their new homes.
This position requires a tolerance for loud noise, and morning dog walkers are exposed to various cleaning agents. Volunteers in this position must be able to deal with adverse weather conditions, (we walk the dogs rain or shine), and be in good-to-moderate physical condition because of the high level of physical activity involved. Volunteers must also be committed to using the handling and training protocols outlined by HSSWMO's policy, be receptive to feedback and have a willingness to learn. Volunteers interact with dogs of various sizes, shapes, breeds and manners.
Duties include: walking, socializing and comforting the dogs; using learned HSSWMO's training practices; monitoring behavior and medical needs; preparing and giving dog treats; assisting the public when they have questions; assisting with laundry and dishes; and scooping poop.
This is a high animal contact position.
- Animal Care / Handling
Good Match For
Kids Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 10
- Orientation or Training
- 1-2 hour shifts per week