Volunteer Dog Walking at The Ark

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At The Ark, we believe it is vital to ensure that our dogs have the richest possible environment that we can provide.

This includes regular time out of their kennels - walking, playing and socialising. All of our dogs have a minimum of two walks each day and it is our large 'band' of volunteer dog walkers that enable us to achieve this.

Dog Walking Sessions

We have two sessions each day from 9.30 - 12 midday and 2.00 - 4.00 p.m. The dog walking is primarily undertaken on our site, and there are facilities to play, and socialise, with the dogs, in addition to taking them for their walks.

Volunteer Dog Walkers

In order to be a dog walking volunteer, you must....

  • be at least 16 years of age and have some experience with dogs (e.g. through ownership)
  • be willing to attend at least one full dog walking session per week on a regular, long term basis
  • undertake our induction

Induction and Training

The induction comprises two sessions:

  • a group session where we discuss health and safety, principles of caring for and managing the dogs at The Ark, routines and procedures relating to dog walking etc.
  • a practical session with one of our experienced dog walkers where you undertake some supervised dog walking and become familiar with the routines and procedures, and the site.

Once the induction has been undertaken, as a new walker, you can take dogs out without assistance. Initially, there will be an identified contact person at your sessions who you can talk to and get any help you might need. In addition, staff are always on hand to answer any queries and give assistance.

Our dogs also have training programmes and attend training sessions with our Companion Animal Behaviourist. Our dog walkers are encouraged to attend these training sessions and to continue with the dogs' training programmes when walking them and interacting with them. If you think that being a volunteer dog walker might be for you, then please don't hesitate to contact: [email protected] Jane Dyson Dog Walking Co-ordinator¬†¬†