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Volunteer as a Dog Walker

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 9 Sep 2017 | 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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Taz- Your Question:
I would like to be put forward for a dog walking job pls can someone contact me about this

Our Response:
We don't contact people individually, nor do specifically arrange volunteer dog walking. Our website is for information purposes only.
VoluntaryWorker - 11-Sep-17 @ 2:03 PM
I would like to be put forward for a dog walking job pls can someone contact me about this
Taz - 9-Sep-17 @ 12:53 PM
Hello, I'm luke 30 and wanting to volunteer doing dog walking in Leicester. Tried Pdsa, rspca, dogs trust and various shelters but all have no staff needed.used to dogs especially big dogs. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Luke - 24-Aug-17 @ 2:30 PM
Hi i live in Derby and I'm 14 years of age I'd love to be a dog walker as I know it would benefit the dog in many ways. I've been brought up around dogs my whole life and know multiple things about treating and caring for them. I think it would also benefit me by giving me more things to do with my time as it's wasted on me not really doing much but reading. It would further help with my career choice I have made which is to become a vetenary surgeon which involves many skills like have a specific and special bond with the animal as they are trusting you with their life. Overall I adore dogs and would love to be able to help in anyway I can whether its just cuddling them and reassuring or running and playing with them. If there's an opportunity I'd love to here from you thank you ???????? x
Betty - 15-Aug-17 @ 11:25 PM
Joewildcat34 - Your Question:
Im 13 year old I live in Wakefield and I would love to volunteer as a dog walker

Our Response:
Tryyour localRSPCA branch although note that they usually only accept over 16 year old volunteers.
VoluntaryWorker - 9-Aug-17 @ 12:54 PM
Im 13 year old I live in Wakefield and I would love to volunteer as a dog walker
Joewildcat34 - 7-Aug-17 @ 9:36 PM
Looking to help walk dogs for elderly In Fife
Lindainca - 31-Jul-17 @ 7:23 PM
Hi I'm 13 in a few weeks and I really want to be a vet when I'm older and in the mean time would love to do some volunteers work until I can do part time jobs but I can't find anything that I can do because I'm 12
Jellybean - 23-Jul-17 @ 4:43 PM
I am retired and live in Rainham Essex. I love animals but go on lots of holidays so haven't any at the moment.I would love to volunteer to walk dogs, maybe for an elderly person or someone who works or can't get out.
Kate - 11-May-17 @ 4:09 PM
Saran - Your Question:
Hi, I would love to volunteer dogs for a walk or to give them some fun time. I have justs moved to london, want to spend some time in a week with dogs. Please let me know if any dog shelter needs volunteers or any old people who need a walker for their dogs. Would be grateful to help anyway I can for spending time with the four legged angels.

Our Response:
Try
Cinnamon Trust
Battersea Dogs' Home
The Dogs Trust
VoluntaryWorker - 24-Apr-17 @ 12:39 PM
I am wondering if I can volunteer taking the dog for a walk
nat - 24-Apr-17 @ 11:13 AM
Hi, i would love to volunteer dogs for a walk or to give them some fun time. I have justs moved to london, want to spend some time in a week with dogs. Please let me know if any dog shelter needs volunteers or any old people who need a walker for their dogs. Would be grateful to help anyway i can for spending time with the four legged angels.
Saran - 23-Apr-17 @ 9:57 AM
I will like to do volunteer work working with the animal's
Trina - 8-Apr-17 @ 11:39 PM
Hi there, I'm a thirteen year old in greater Manchester looking for a place to help out with dog walking. Would I be able to or am I too young?
Aimal - 6-Apr-17 @ 2:47 PM
Hey, i am 13 im gonna be 14 in a couple of months i really adore dogs.I even have a dog myself which i take out for walks.I would really like it if anyone would trust me and let me have a summer job on walking their dog out for walks.I am open to any type of dog breads i love all dogs.if you are interested please contact me.thanks.
Michalina - 20-Mar-17 @ 6:29 PM
Hi, I'm Elise I'm 12. I live in Nottingham if anyone needa there dog walking I would be pleasures to help you
Elise Chapman - 8-Mar-17 @ 9:12 PM
Hi I have a pug called gizmo he is nearly 3 and I would like some one to walk him 2 times a day I live in Newcastle area if anyone is interested
Aggie - 25-Feb-17 @ 10:23 PM
Hi my name is Paula I live in fife Scotland I have two dogs and I have a partner I am interested in dogs I have had animals all my life dogs cats rabbits and I have worked with horses to I did a volunteer at second chance kennels but dident get asked back and I even did guide dogs to so if you like what you have seen and heard please contact me I live in fife thank you see you soon this is my partners email address but you can get me on my mobile better the number is 07521335173
Kat - 9-Feb-17 @ 8:52 PM
My name is misha I am 13 years old but will be 14 in a few months and I am doing d ofe this year. Is it possible if I could volunteer ?
Mxsha - 20-Jan-17 @ 4:49 PM
Hi!, I'm 13 years old but I will be 14 in a couple of months. I have also been interested in dog on the way they think and what they like, unfortunately my parents never allowed me to get a dog being of our living condition, but that never stopped me for getting out there and helping others that love there dog but need help with walking. Thanks for reading.
Sinead - 15-Jan-17 @ 11:36 AM
Hi! I'm 22years old and I desire to volunteer a dog walker. I usually have lived with dogs from early. But now I've live apart from my nation and in london and then next year I will raise a abandoned dog. So if I do volunteer a dog walker, I can learn skill for walking with dogs. Honestly, the best reason why I do volunteer is that I love dogs and I want to know their mind as their behavior for closing and helping other dogs efficiently. If there is a opportunity to help dogs, please contact me! Thanks
Jeong - 27-Jul-16 @ 1:55 PM
Hi my names tricia im 49.were can i volunteerwalking dogs for old people who cant get out with there dogs much from my local area .im from gillingham in kent please .i do volunteer walking rescue dogs .and got two loverly dogs of my own .but love to get involed with the old people .who love there dogs so much but can get them out as much
Pipper - 26-Jul-16 @ 10:40 PM
hi my name is rosa and i am 14 nearly 15. i have owned dogs in the past but have not been able to get another once since my mums new job.i miss the company of a dog,i was wondering if there is anywhere that would accept me for dog walking or general work.i have done volunteer work before so i know what the commitment . :)
rosa - 17-Jul-16 @ 5:00 PM
Jazzy- Your Question:
Hey,my name is jasmine I am 14 nearly 15 in a month.I adore dogs but never had the chance to own , but I've walk my neighbours dog.I am open to any type of work but would prefer this.If anyone would be interested in me volunteering please contact me.Thank you

Our Response:
Most dog rescue sanctuaries, require volunteers to be over 16. But it might be worth starting off by asking other neighbours and friends if you can walk their dogs.
VoluntaryWorker - 4-Jul-16 @ 2:29 PM
Hey,my name is jasmine i am 14 nearly 15 in a month.I adore dogs but never had the chance to own , but I've walk my neighbours dog.I am open to any type of work but would prefer this.If anyone would be interested in me volunteering please contact me. Thank you
Jazzy - 3-Jul-16 @ 12:40 AM
I am 11 years old and I am interested in dog walking but I don't have a dog myselfso I have never been able to walk one everyday I have walked my cousin's dog with her supervision and she said I was good at it.Do you have any ideas what I an do???
Phoebe - 30-Jun-16 @ 7:50 PM
Jamie-Lee - Your Question:
Hi there, My name is Jamie-lee, I'm a 25 year old female nurse living in Southampton. Due to my busy career I feel that it would be cruel for me to have my own dog at home due to long hours. Unfortunately I love animals and have always been brought up in a home surrounded by dogs, and my life now feels like it's missing something :( I would love to be able to help anyone I could in my free time. Jamie-lee X

Our Response:
Ask any local dog walkers in your area if they need help. The Cinnamon Trust is often seeking volunteers. You could also try somewhere like Stubbington Ark or Southampton Animal Shelter.
VoluntaryWorker - 16-Jun-16 @ 12:27 PM
Hi there, My name is Jamie-lee, I'm a 25 year old female nurse living in Southampton. Due to my busy career I feel that it would be cruel for me to have my own dog at home due to long hours. Unfortunately I love animals and have always been brought up in a home surrounded by dogs, and my life now feels like it's missing something :( I would love to be able to help anyone I could in my free time. Jamie-lee X
Jamie-Lee - 15-Jun-16 @ 10:24 AM
Briony McCarthy - Your Question:
Hi there,I am an adult female and live in Eastbourne. Following traumatic life events and mental illness, I feel that dog walking would be extremely beneficial to me. I myself, am a dog lover. I used to walk my eldest sister's deceased German Shepherd while she was at work. I loved him as if he were a family member (losing him was a very sad life event.) I took him on very long walks to the woods and the Cuckmere Valley e.t.c. I also had a Cairn Terrier as a child. My Late Mother had to give him another home as it was unfair to leave him at home for long periods. This was traumatic for a 9 year old who loved him very much, again he was like a family member. We would take him everywhere for long walks. I would just LOVE to take a dog for long walks again. (It would do me good too!) I would treat the dog as if he were my own. Please could I have some advice, thank you. Kind Regards

Our Response:
Try the Cinnamon Trust or Borrow My Doggy or the Blue Cross or the Dogs Trust
VoluntaryWorker - 13-Jun-16 @ 10:58 AM
Hi I am a very responsible 14 year old and absolutely love animals especially dogs unfortunately my mum won't let me have a pet of my own so I want to try and prove to her I can do it please can I have some advice
Smithy - 10-Jun-16 @ 10:32 PM
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