Aullwood's livestock need to become good public ambassadors for their breeds; they need to be calm in the public eye, especially around excited children. Volunteers will use classical training techniques to accustom livestock to human touch and movement including the ability to tolerate being groomed, hooves cleaned and trimmed, wearing halters and being led. Milking animals will learn to be comfortable standing in the milking stanchion.
This is not a volunteer position for people seeking to learn about animal training. Volunteers must have previous experience in techniques to mentally and physically condition/train in the breeds they are going to work with. As part of the interview process, an applicant will be required to describe and possibly demonstrate their skills before being accepted as a volunteer. There are three levels based on the breeds:
Ducks - Beginner
Dwarf Nigerian Goats and Belgian Horses - Intermediate
Highland and Dexter Cattle and calves - Advanced.
- People Skills
- Animal Care / Handling
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 2 hours/week - flexible after orientation
- MUST have experience with classical animal training mental and conditioning techniques.