Advanced Training Foster

Canine Partners are looking for volunteers who can provide loving homes for our young dogs, aged 14 months upwards, whilst helping to train them to be canine partners.

What is involved

  •  Commitment to providing a loving home, care, and training for a dog for the duration of their time in training,
  •  We consider this a full time role as you, or another approved adult member
    of the household, will be required to care for the dog for much of the day and overnight
  • Our trainers need access to the dogs during weekdays for training purposes. We ask that you commute to and from our training centre when
    required to drop off/collect the dog. Drop off and collection times are generally between 8.30 -9.30am and 4-5pm
  •  Availability to attend pre-arranged training sessions at your home, in your local area, and at our training centre.

  • With our guidance, and using positive training methods, to continue the training of the dog in various areas. For example;
  • Home behaviour
  • Social behaviour
  • Behaviour around other animals
  • Walking on a lead
  • Off lead exercise
  • Maintaining the dog’s health and welfare and, via support and training, torecognise behaviour/health concerns and report them immediately to the dog’s trainer

“Being an Advanced Training Fosterer volunteer is highly rewarding, challenging, and fun; offering a chance to learn new skills, meet like-minded people, and do something really amazing by helping to transform the life of an adult with disabilities.” Rachel, Fosterer volunteer.

What we require from you

  • You live within a 30 minute drive of our training centre
    (post code LE12 9SR)
  •  That you, as the dogs main carer, are over 18 years of age
  • You have a dog friendly secure garden
  • Though desirable, prior dog ownership is not required.
  • All members of the household are keen to foster one of our dogs
  • There is no more than one pet dog living in your home. The pet dog must be over 12 months of age and would need to undergo our pet dog suitability assessment
  • Have the time and ability to commit to the training and care of a young dog. This is a physical role
  • Have access to a suitable vehicle to transport the dog
  • That you or other approved adult member of the household are at home most of the day, and overnight, to care for the dog
  • Have an area of your garden that can be used for toileting the dog – details about this are provided during our home check assessment.
  • Understand that the dog in your care remains under the ownership of Canine Partners

Support and Training

  • Induction process which includes the submission of an application form, initial phone call, and home visit
  • On-going Instruction and support from our dog trainers. This will be in person, via video link, phone calls, handouts etc.
  • Holiday cover arranged
  • Reimbursement of expenses, such as mileage costs, if requested
  • Invitation to join our Official Canine Partners Community Facebook Group


Visit our FAQ page to find out more about this fulfilling role

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