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This type of volunteer provides a high standard of care for Seeing Eye Dogs puppies/ or dogs in the volunteer’s own home as approved and agreed by Seeing Eye Dogs. As a Carer for regular shorter periods of less than 6 months, your role is vitally important to the final outcome of our dogs. Your dedication and adherence to our program will directly impact the progress and outcome of our dogs in training. Managing home behaviour, toilet training and providing specific feedback to Seeing Eye Dog staff is a large part of setting these dogs up for success. It is important to remember that dogs requiring care have not completed all of their training and do require ongoing guidance. KEY DUTIES The volunteer will: • Day and night Care for a puppy/dog for regular shorter periods of less than 6 months, with a minimum 12 month commitment, as required • Willing to participate in ongoing dog handling training onsite when required • Able to transport the dog to Kensington or any other location as required • Physically fit/able to walk/handle large dogs • Able to care for a variety of dogs; care encompasses dogs from all areas of our training program; from puppies to dogs in training, to graduated dogs that would benefit from a rest in a home environment, of either gender, variety of breeds and coat colours / types. The puppies/dogs can be anywhere from 8 weeks to a few years old. Some of these dogs will go into care with a SED coat and can accompany you on walks and outings. • Participate in toilet training as required and recognise that occasional toileting accidents may occur as the majority of puppies / dogs in care will be in the process of training • As a puppy, the pups are taught basic obedience, toileting routine and how to maintain excellent home and social behaviours, they are still learning and need guidance to get by distractions. • Older dogs need maintenance in basic obedience, toileting routine and how to maintain excellent home and social behaviours. • Clean up after puppies/dogs using equipment provided • provide carer responsibilites: feeding, walking and other dog handling duties • report back to their Seeing Eye Dogs Supervisor or trainer any pertinent information regarding the dog in care The volunteer will not: • leave dogs unaccompanied for more than 3.5 hours at a time Currently only available in Buderim/Maroochydore and North Brisbane and surrounding suburbs in QLD.
Skills and Attributes
Skills Required: • Must be able to drive, own a car and have immediate car access to transport the pup/dog to Kensington or any other location as required • Be patient, dedicated and flexible • Willing and able to follow instructions • Dog handling skills (enjoys working with dogs) • Interpersonal and communication skills • Fluent english speaking Becoming a carer means you will join a dedicated group of like-minded volunteers who are passionate about dog caring and supporting people who are blind or have low vision to live the life they choose. All our carers carry the following attributes when they support Seeing Eye Dogs: Kind and collaborative “The community is nice and welcoming.” • Surrounded by a supportive and encouraging community. • Share experiences and empathise with others who are going through a similar experience. Committed “It has opened up a new world in animal care for me; training these amazing dogs and knowing that I am doing something important.” • Dedicated to the purpose of supporting people who are blind or have low vision. • Devoted to caring for and training happy, healthy pups to become the next generation of Seeing Eye Dogs. Openness and flexibility “Being connected to the organisation, learning and gaining new skills.” • Solution focussed mindset, open to new challenges and learning new skills. • Being flexible and adaptable to a changing environment. Integrity “Feeling that I am a part of an interactive community who really cares about what they're doing and how we're all helping.” • Be a role model for others. • Valuing human connections. Healthy “Not only am I giving back to the community, dog walking keeps me fit” • Optimistic outlook and healthy emotional state. • A good level of fitness.
Role specific – Face-to-face (as required) (Caring manual and resources provided)
Once the application form has been returned, complete the following; • External Risk Assessment Form • Global Carer Agreement • Working with Children check (WWCC) in VIC / Blue Card in QLD • Police check • Statutory Declaration *If required • Interview & Property Inspection • COVID-19 Vaccination evidence (Vision Australia is required by law to collect COVID-19 vaccination information from certain workers and volunteers. This information may include whether a person is fully or partially vaccinated, unvaccinated, or whether a medical exemption applies. In some cases, unvaccinated workers and volunteers will be prohibited from working outside their ordinary place of residence.)
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