Dog Trainer / Assistance Dog Instructor

  • Job Reference: AWDO-P6652
  • Date Posted: 16 July 2021
  • Recruiter: AWD online
  • Location: Great Horwood, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
  • Salary: £20,000 to £25,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: + Pension and Health Cash Plan
  • Sector: Other
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: CV Response Team

Job Description

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Dog Trainer / Assistance Dog Instructor who has previous assistance dog instructing / training experience with excellent dog handling skills is required for a small but fast-growing Charity that is a world-leader in its specialist field based in Great Horwood, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

 

SALARY: £20,000 - £25,000 per annum (depending on experience) + Pension and Health Cash Plan

LOCATION: Great Horwood, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire            

JOB TYPE: Full-Time, Permanent

WORKING HOURS: 37.5 Hours per Week (with some evening and weekend work required)

 

PLEASE NOTE: The successful candidate will be expected to hold a full UK Driving Licence and willing to undertake a DBS check

Early applications are encouraged as the charity is keen to fill the vacancy as soon as possible and will be interviewing people before the closing date

 

JOB OVERVIEW

We have a fantastic new job opportunity for a Dog Trainer / Assistance Dog Instructor who has previous assistance dog instructing / training experience with excellent dog handling skills.

Working as a Dog Trainer / Assistance Dog Instructor you will have previous experience as an Instructor or similar role within an assistance dog setting to support the assistance dog partnerships, by way of:

  • Carrying out client specific training with individual dogs that have been matched, including the required odour scent training
  • Instructing / training, guiding and supporting assistance dog clients in managing and handling a Medical Alert Assistance Dog effectively, via pre training, placement training and aftercare visits
  • Supporting partnerships in successfully reaching an accreditation standard and in maintaining this standard throughout the life of the partnership
  • Supporting partnerships in the form of aftercare, over England and Wales and Scotland.

 

DUTIES

Your duties as the Dog Trainer / Assistance Dog Instructor will include:

  • Plan, organise and deliver practical and theoretical training to clients, meeting their individual needs in line with agreed standards to include areas such as dog welfare, appropriate handling, commanding and overall management
  • Assessing the team dynamics of the family & balancing the needs of all family members as well as those of the dog
  • Assessing the individuals preferred learning style and amending as relevant to aid a client
  • Accompany the client into all regular environments that they will take the dog to, ensuring the dog behaves in an acceptable manner
  • Monitor the correct and false alerting percentages of allocated partnerships and advising where necessary until the correct alerting levels are achieved
  • Complete comprehensive reports and paperwork for any time spent with applicants or partnerships
  • Work alongside allocated partnerships with the aim of the partnership reaching an accredited standard
  • Provide clients with appropriate aftercare services at regular intervals in their own homes in the form of annual visits, support visits or at refresher workshops run at the Centre
  • Deliver handling days as part of an applicant’s pre training to include ‘Introduction to Assistance Dog’ ‘Advanced Handling’ and Family Handling
  • Scent train and seizure proof advanced dogs in preparation to be partnered with an adult or child client
  • Have dogs who are being scent trained to stay in their home whilst the scent training is carried
  • Maintain the ongoing public access training with any advanced dog in scent training that has been allocated to them
  • Act as the ‘contact’ person for the assistance dog programme in relation to training policy procedures with clients and their families, other professional service providers and members of the public
  • Due to the nature of the role, flexible working hours may be required in some instances to facilitate the effective delivery of the work e.g. working during the school holidays with school age clients

 

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

As the Dog Trainer / Assistance Dog Instructor you will have the following skills and experience:

ESSENTIAL

  • Previous Assistance Dog instructing/training experience
  • Proven evidence and experience of dog handling skills
  • Previous experience of teaching and instructing
  • Sound dog training and dog behaviour knowledge
  • IT literacy and report writing skills
  • Experience of using Microsoft based programs such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and Power Point
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Pass a DBS (CRB) check due to regular contact with children

 

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 setting out your experience and how you meet the requirements for the role to our Recruitment Team who will review your details. CV’s of Job Applicants meeting this requirement will be submitted to our Client for consideration. By submitting your job application to us you are hereby giving us your express consent to submit your details to our Client for this purpose.

JOB REF: AWDO-P6652

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