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Volunteer as a Dog Walker

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 2 May 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
Volunteer As A Dog Walker

Volunteer dog walkers are usually employed by the likes of animal shelters and the RSPCA. They are able to provide the means by which a dog can take exercise and enjoy the socialisation and affection that all confined dogs need badly so that they remain healthy and happy animals. This is all done so that one day, they can, hopefully, be re-homed and be looked after by a loving and caring family.

Why Are Dog Walkers Needed?

Although dog shelters and other humane animal organisations do their utmost to care for dogs which are staying there because they have nowhere else to go, it’s important to remember that due to the sheer numbers of abandoned and mistreated dogs, they all need to be confined to cages. Here, prolonged isolation and extremely limited activity means that a dog’s quality of life is dramatically reduced and because that results in increased poor health and behavioural problems, the longer it persists, the less likely the chances are for a dog to be re-homed. Therefore, you’d be amazed at the amount of good you would be doing if you became a volunteer dog walker. Furthermore, you cannot fail to be moved by a dog that recognises you who is going to display sheer joy at seeing you, each time you drop by to take it for a walk.

How Do I Get Involved?

The easiest way to get involved as a volunteer is to telephone your local dog rescue or animal shelter centre or your local RSPCA. You will be able to find out the contact details in the phone book or on the internet. You don’t need to have owned a dog before as you will be given an orientation, training and guidance as to what to expect before you actually take a dog out on your own. Initially, you’ll also be taken out on a walk with a dog and one of the dog shelter’s staff members so that you can get more of an idea as to the dog’s personality and advised what you should and shouldn’t do in any given situation.

Volunteer work as a dog walker is very flexible so, whilst it’s very beneficial for a dog to get used to forming a relationship with you, you can fit the activity in very easily around your other existing commitments.

What Are The Benefits?

There are so many benefits to undertaking volunteer work as a dog walker. At the most fundamental level, you’ll bring much needed joy into a dog’s life. Exercise and companionship are crucial to a dog’s fundamental existence and you’ll have made a loyal friend who will always be glad to see you. Furthermore, dog walking is also often a good way to make other friends of the ‘human’ variety too. You’ll stop and speak to far more people when out walking with a dog than you would have otherwise previously done so it has social benefits for you too. However, what is important is that you will be helping to prepare the dog for the ultimate aim of it being adopted by a loving family.

Dog walking is also a good way of getting some gentle exercise, especially if you need to ease your way back in to exercise after illness or an operation and getting out into the fresh air is proven to be both physically and emotionally beneficial.

Any kind of volunteer work is also looked upon favourably by potential employers and volunteer work as a dog walker might be a good place to start if you’re thinking of entering any kind of profession which involves animal care.

You’ll also learn new skills you probably thought you never had and it will bring out some personal qualities in you that you never knew existed. You may even find that it is the catalyst for wanting a dog of your own – maybe you’ll even decide that you can’t bear to be apart from your new four-legged friend and decide to re-home it yourself. That’s not expected however.

Ultimately, as a volunteer dog walker, it’s all about the love and time you’ll be able to give a dog in need. And, you can be certain that for whatever time and effort you do give, you’ll get back far more in return from your new four legged friend in terms of lovely experiences and warm memories which will last a lifetime.

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I am 16 and living in the southside of Glasgow, looking to help some people out with dog walking
Emma - 2-May-20 @ 6:48 PM
im 17 looking for someone i can help out by walking their dog. i don't have a car but live in DA1 area so i can walk but not too far :)
Wayne - 27-Apr-20 @ 11:46 AM
Would love to volunteer to walk dogs. Grew up with a springer spaniel. Don’t have a car but live SW10 happy to walk/cycle and free every day at the moment due to furlough. Thanks
Charlotte - 24-Apr-20 @ 9:02 AM
I would like to volunteer to dog walk I live London N7 I don’t drive so would have to be not to far to pick up and drop off dog . Thank you Christina
Tina - 15-Apr-20 @ 7:12 PM
Can volunteer to walk dog(s) in Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace area
Griff - 15-Apr-20 @ 1:29 PM
My husband and I live in West Bridgford, and during the lock-down are taking a 2hr walk every day, around the fields. If anybody is in isolation due to Covid-19, we would be more than happy to walk your dog on our daily outing. We are both teachers (DBS checked etc) and can pick up/drop using our cars.
Trish - 29-Mar-20 @ 12:01 PM
I live in Sutton and happy to volunteer to walk anyone’s dog who can’t get out. I’ve had dogs all my life and now find myself without one. Thanks
Kerry - 27-Mar-20 @ 8:01 PM
I live in Sandhurst, Berkshire Happy to help walking dogs-either due to owners illness or from a rescue centre.
Drinks1 - 27-Mar-20 @ 11:14 AM
Hi Iive in Brighton and Hove and would like to volunteer to dog walk . Thank you
Angie - 20-Mar-20 @ 10:19 PM
Hi, i live in Hall Green in Birmingham and im interested in voluntary dog walking. I love dogs though I am quite new to this, im looking for something i can do at weekends that will help me get outside abit more....and any chance to spend with dogs. :-)
Sal - 17-Mar-20 @ 11:23 PM
I’m Ashleigh and I live in Wolverhampton I love dogs and want to keep busy and help . !
Ash - 6-Mar-20 @ 2:33 AM
Hi I’m milly I live in Askern and looking to do some dog walking after school. I am only 14 but have 6 dogs of my own
Milly - 23-Feb-20 @ 8:20 PM
Hi, I would like to walk a dog at the weekends. I live in Welling, Kent. Please send me more info. Thanks!
Yve - 18-Feb-20 @ 4:51 PM
I love dogs And animals I love to do dog walking or cleaning out kennels
Ad - 18-Feb-20 @ 3:58 PM
Hi I'm Claire from Manchester & I'm interested in voluntary dog walking
United1976 - 11-Feb-20 @ 11:28 PM
Hi I live in Bedford and am interested in voluntary dog walking
Ash - 5-Feb-20 @ 5:06 PM
Hi I live in Newcastle area near the airport and I’ve got some free time on my hands and I’m looking do some voluntary dog walking I’m looking for some information on anywhere that needs a dog volunteer walker thanks
Ian - 26-Jan-20 @ 7:51 PM
Hi i would like to do some dog walking in the local area (Newton Abbot/Torquay, Devon) for my gold DofE?? Thanks
Cat - 24-Jan-20 @ 3:49 PM
My husband and I are retired and we are interested in volunteer dog walking.We live in Bideford.How do we gi about this
Steph - 20-Jan-20 @ 6:06 PM
My elderly neighbour is in desperate need of help walking her dog, she lives in torquay area , any help with exercising her dog or around the home would be greatly appreciated ,
Karli - 8-Jan-20 @ 6:08 PM
I am semi retired and looking for dog walking opportunities in burton-on-trent area /south Derbyshire canyon send any information please.
Angie - 1-Jan-20 @ 10:37 PM
Looking for a 4 legged friend to borrow for walks to keep me company
Jen - 22-Dec-19 @ 5:20 PM
Hey I’m 14 years old and starting my bronze DofE award in January 2020. I have put down dog walking as my volunteer work so I would appreciate it if I could do it here? Please email me back Thanks
Kira - 15-Nov-19 @ 10:55 AM
hi im 13 and i would love to walk dogs for DofE i need 30 hours of voulenteering please help
Chyna Crystal - 1-Nov-19 @ 6:05 PM
I'm in strood kent and looking to volunteer for dog walking please can you email me with some information about dog walking please
DevilSouls82 - 14-Aug-19 @ 10:01 PM
I'm living in Salisbury and im looking to do some voluntary dog walking. Do you have any information on places around this area that need dog walkers please. Many thanks Kirsty
Kirsty047 - 17-Jul-19 @ 6:15 PM
Very much would love a little poochie,circumstances would not be fair though
Chops - 26-Apr-19 @ 3:19 PM
Myself and my daughter would like to volunteer as dog walkers in Norwich. Wed love to have a dog but don't think it's fair to leave a dog alone all day, and neither do we really have the space
Becks - 8-Apr-19 @ 2:37 PM
I would love to volunteer at an animal shelter can you give me any information please
Han - 17-Mar-19 @ 7:57 AM
Ive always wanted to work with animals butunfortunatly didnt end up doing it.would to do some volunteer dog walking or anything in animal care.im in coventry so any openings plz let me know.
Big bird - 10-Mar-19 @ 2:54 PM
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