Dog Behaviourist / Aftercare Instructor (Midlands)
To help our client create amazing partnerships, they need amazing people. They have an exciting opportunity for an Aftercare Instructor to join their aftercare team. You’ll be working directly with their clients (partners) who have been partnered with a dog, supporting them with the on-going training of their dog. Using positive training methods, you will give advice on behavioural and training issues.
You will be part of their busy Aftercare team, providing training and support to their partners in their home once they have been matched with their canine partner. They give on-going support to every partnership, ensuring they are long-lasting, happy and healthy. Each partnership receives a minimum of 9 visits in the first year and at least 2 visits annually, until the dog retires.
Ideally you will have experience of training dogs using positive reward based methods and will have empathy for a wide range of people, including those with a disability.
Dog Behaviourist / Aftercare Instructor (Midlands) Responsibilities:
- Travel throughout the Midlands visiting partners, some overnight stays may be required.
- Providing an agreed schedule of aftercare visits, training and support for partners in and around their homes.
- Compile reports following visits.
- Supporting partnerships by being initial point of contact, giving advice and feedback.
- Help set consistent routines and training in the early days of partnership.
- Assist with any training or behaviour issues that may arise, using positive dog training methods (including training or improving task work).
- Monitor the dog’s health and well-being, helping the partner manage the dog's health routine.
- Help support with any access issues or refusal of entry.
- Attend and give inputs for on-going training days with the aftercare team and partnerships at either training centres.
Dog Behaviourist / Aftercare Instructor (Midlands) Requirements:
- Knowledge of dog training behaviour.
- Ability to communicate at all levels with a wide range of people.
- Effective record keeping, ICT and report writing skills.
Ideally you will have an understanding of human medical conditions as they relate to canine partnerships and experience of providing training to others, along with a positive attitude, flexibility and initiative.
This role is based from their Midlands Training Centre (near Osgathorpe, Leicestershire) to travel to the surrounding counties including Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire and IOM to visit partnerships in those areas. They will provide the use of a charity vehicle.
All interviews will take place at their Midlands Training Centre, in Osgathorpe, Leicestershire
About Our Client:
If you are looking for an inspirational challenge, join their amazing assistance dog charity and contribute to their life changing work.
Their mission is to transform the lives of adults with physical disabilities through partnership with their specially trained assistance dogs.
Location: Osgathorpe, Leicestershire
Job type: Full Time, Permanent, 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £20,065 - £25,082 per annum depending on experience
Benefits: Pension Scheme, Annual Leave, wide range of discounts at high street shops
Closing date for applications: 22nd March, 2020
1st Interview: 6 or 7 April 2020
2nd Interview: 15 or 17 April 2020
You may have experience of the following: Behaviourist, Dog Trainer, Puppy Trainer, Behavioural Consultant, Dog Behaviourist, Assistance Dog Trainer, Animal Trainer, etc.