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Volunteer Puppy Socialiser

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The role of the Puppy Socialiser is to ensure that the puppy has a good foundation before it starts its training to become part of one of the Dogs for Good services.

As a Puppy Socialiser you will be required to take on a puppy and have him or her living in your home for between 16 and 18 months. You must have the time and commitment and be physically able to provide basic obedience training, socialisation and appropriate exercise required for a young dog. To enable you to carry out this role, most equipment will be supplied by the Charity.

Main tasks:

  • Maintain the health and welfare of a puppy in socialising in accordance with the guidelines.
  • Provide ongoing basic obedience along with a gradual introduction to new environments, with the help and support of the Puppy Co-ordinators.
  • Adhere to advice and carry out any instructions given by the Puppy Co-ordinators, keeping them updated regularly on the progress of the dog.
  • Attend regular puppy training classes.
  • Allow a Puppy Co-ordinator to visit you in your home to carry out regular assessments and support visits.
  • To ensure, if and when appropriate, that the puppy receives emergency veterinary care as soon as possible and that Dogs for Good is informed at the earliest opportunity.

What you will gain from volunteering in this role:

  • The satisfaction of knowing you have played an important role in a life changing service.
  • Learning new skills to gain a better understanding of dog training.
  • The opportunity to be part of a team and meet new people.
  • Meeting other volunteers at events organised by the charity.


Although no experience is necessary as all relevant support and training will be provided. Puppy Socialisers are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Ideally you should live within one of the puppy scheme areas, nearest scheme is managed by Banbury (Head Office).   
  • You have a fully fenced, (guideline 5ft) safe and secure garden that is directly accessible from your house, unable to accept socialisers who live in accommodation which is not on the ground floor.
  • Any children within the home should be over the age of two years old, although younger children may be taken into consideration.  
  • You are away from the puppy for no more than four hours on a regular basis and two hours in the first few months.  
  • Your circumstances and routine are reasonably stable and consistent.  
  • You are able to provide the puppy with regular exercise, contact with children, other dogs and cats. (you must have no more than 2 pet dogs).
  • You must drive, & have a car suitable for a large dog, or have access at all times to someone who can drive.


  • Age restrictions
    Over 18 yrs only please, & live within one of the socialising areas.
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Dogs For good covers the cost of food & vets bills, but not able to cover costs of travel to & from visits & the centre. A crate is supplied for the puppy, but asks that the socialiser provides soft bedding, toys & treats throughout.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    All the way through socialising
  • Training provided
    Puppy classes - during the week, during the daytime on a monthly basis.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

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Availability Details

This role is a full-time 24/7 role.

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  • Driving
  • Fundraising and Finance
  • Supporting Charities

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