Opportunity Details

Animals

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Dog Companion

Love spending time with dogs? We need dog companions!

 

As a dog companion you will have several duties:

 

1) Enrich – Find out what your dog enjoys doing, and do it (e.g., brushing, puzzle toys, agility-type activities, car rides, laying in the sun, napping in Baxter’s, snuggling playing fetch or tug, etc.).

***REACH OUT TO OUR TRAINERS! They are happy to answer questions about your dog’s behavior, and provide training tips and guidance.

 

2) Monitor – Watch your dog; look for signs that something’s “off.” Bad breath? Constant licking/scratching? Limping? Rapid weight loss? Sudden changes in “mood” or temperament? Concerning behaviors (fear, defensiveness, reactivity, etc.)? Report these immediately to the Medical Coordinator and Training Coordinator.

 

3) Document – Take note of your dog’s likes/dislikes. What are their favorite activities? What startles them? How do you calm them down? This information will go in our Training Updates so all volunteers can better understand your dog, and will be used by the Adoption Committee to help AAS place your dog in the right forever home.

 

How to become a Companion:

Complete a 16-hour probation period - During regular shift hours (9 AM-12PM) , walk dogs on the AAS field and play with dogs in playparks. Demonstrate the ability to safely harness, walk, and interact with dogs, demonstrate the ability to follow directions, and demonstrate genuine care/concern for the dogs’ wellbeing. After you have completed your 16 hour probation period you will be permitted to visit your dog any time from sun-up to sun-set.

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Volunteers needed through 11/12/2021

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