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Dog Walker For Service Dogs In Training

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Canines for Service

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Canines for Service! Our dog walkers are an important part of our service dog training program. Without you, the dogs would not get the walks they need to help them throughout their training. Dog walkers must be physically capable of walking a 50- to 80-pound dog for a 1-mile walk. On Average, a walker goes on two walks with two different dogs. If you are not physically able to do this without assistance, this may not be the volunteer opportunity for you. Dog walkers must be 17 years old or older to walk a service dog in training independently; children 10 to 16 years of age may walk with an accompanying legal guardian (i.e., parent; not a sibling) while they walk a service dog in training.

Dog Walking Shifts:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 9:00 am and 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: 8:00 am - 9:00 am, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, and 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

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About Canines for Service


221 Old Dairy Road Unit 1, 221, Wilmington, NC 28405, US

Mission Statement

Canines For Service, Inc. is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life through the services of specially trained service dogs.


A service dog is a dog individually trained to perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability other than blindness. Service dogs perform a wide variety of tasks, which enable individuals to experience increased independence and enhance quality of life. Service dogs trained through Canines for Service, Inc. are able to perform the following tasks for their partners: retrieving; dropped/distant objects; pulling wheelchairs; opening doors;carrying items; rising to high counters (i.e. banks, hotels);physical support for mobility and transfers to/from wheelchairs; physical assistance to recover from a fall; dressing or undressing; assisting with household tasks such as bed making and laundry; assisting an individual after a seizure Canines for Service, Inc. acquires dogs for the program from a variety of sources including donations from reputable breeders, rescue organizations, and local animal shelters. Purebred and mixed breed dogs are both utilized, with an emphasis on using rescued and shelter dogs. All dogs are spayed/neutered prior to entering service. Male and female dogs are equally suited to service work.

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221 Old Dairy RoadSuite 1Wilmington, NC 28405



  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Animal Care / Handling


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 - 1 1/2 hours each shift
  • Dog walkers must be physically capable of walking a 50- to 80-pound dog for a 1-mile walk

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