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This role implements dog training and behaviour activities in the rehoming centre. As a dog trainer the role spends time with dogs one on one putting into place training and behaviour modification programs.
The post holder will engage with members of the public on a regular basis to help rehome the dogs within the rehoming centre. The Rehabilitation Trainer will support the centre’s behaviour team in delivering preadoption talks to members of the public, undertaking pre-intake assessments, and explaining dog’s character assessments to potential adopters. As part of their training activities, the post holder will be working with the centre dogs and keeping management/behaviour teams updated on dog’s progress and needs, as well as providing guidance and support to colleagues (staff and volunteers) on dog training.
- Work closely with the management/behaviour teams to implement management, training and behaviour modification programmes for dogs.
- These are to be progressive and include what is most important to the individual dog to prepare them for their forever home.
- Take responsibility for canine carer duties (kennel cleaning, feeding, providing medication, socialisation and walking) for dogs in your direct care (usually no more that eight at a time).
- Keep accurate records of assessments, training programmes and the progress of dogs in training
- Assist the behaviour team within the rehoming centre with the intake assessment of dogs admitted to the rehoming centre.
- Conduct on-going assessments of dogs to get them ready for rehoming, identify any changes relevant to their welfare in the kennel environment and to identify signs of potential problem behaviours.
- Support members of the public with individual dogs’ training programmes, one to one with potential owners, pre-adoption talk and general rehoming when required
- Assist the behaviour team to meet the companionship needs of dogs through the mixing and socialisation of dogs, with a view to pair housing compatible dogs.
- Conduct home visits or assist with training of Dogs Trust dogs in their forever home.
- Provide guidance and support to colleagues in the practical day-to-day implementation of training and behaviour modification programmes
- Kennel duties – all rehoming centre staff may be required to work in the kennels on occasions, performing Canine Career duties. What percentage of time this is will depend on the needs of the rehoming centre but isn’t expected to be more than 10% of the duties performed over an average year.
- Any other reasonable duties.
- Able to work on own initiative and have good judgement to escalate issues or seek guidance as appropriate.
- A good knowledge of dogs and understanding of dog behaviour and their welfare requirements
- A good understanding of positive reinforcement techniques
- Experience of working and training a variety of dogs
- Experience of implementing positive reinforcement training
- A good understanding of dog behaviour, including the ability to read canine body language, facial expressions and vocalisations, and understand how these relate to the emotional state of dogs
- A good understanding of the importance of great customer service, ideally with experience of providing excellent customer care
- Administrative skills, including use of MS Office and computerised systems
- Commitments to the aims and objectives of Dogs Trust
- Ability to travel, including staying away from home on occasion, for training, meetings and conferences.
- Full, clean manual UK driving licence and confident driving a variety of vehicles
- A reasonable level of fitness, stamina and mobility is required to complete the varied physical demands of the role
- Emotional resilience to manage the potentially emotional demands of the role
- A qualification in animal care, training and/or behaviour would be desirable
- Experience of working in a kennel/rehoming/welfare environment would be desirable
Company: Dogs Trust
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK
Application Deadline: N/A