We are seeking applications for therapy dogs in Cardiff to go into health settings in the area. Do you think you and your dog would make a good team in making a difference to other peoples lives?
Does your dog like meeting new people out of your family circle and do they have a calm temperament?
Do you have some spare time in your week to make a difference?
What attributes must your dog have?
Your dog must be happy and comfortable meeting new people, without being over-excited.
No jumping up, pawing, licking or barking (without good reason!)
Not phased by sudden or loud noises.
Be able to sit and wait, and relax when required to do so.
Follow basic commands.
Be able to walk on a loose lead with a collar (no harness* or extendable leads) *there may be some breed exceptions.
Not to have ever bitten anyone.
Will take food gently.
At least 1 year of age.
Once again - happy meeting new people - not just family members or humans known to them.
What attributes must you have?
To have owned your dog for over 6 months and have a good understanding of his/her behaviour
The desire to help people and to make a difference.
To have some spare time to be able to make visits.
Work well as a team with your dog.
Have a natural empathy towards your dog.
Enjoy meeting new people.
Once we receive your application you may be invited for an assessment of suitability of you and your dog. This will be at a location mutually convenient.
If your assessment is successful we will put you through an Enhanced DBS check and we will take a reference. You will be given a volunteer handbook and induction training. You will also be asked to complete online Safeguarding training.
You will then be issued with ID and volunteer clothing is made available for you to purchase.
We will help you with getting started and to find suitable visiting placements.
There is a £20 registration fee towards insurance, ID and induction training.
See the volunteer page on this website for the application form to download.