Animals

City of Dallas Volunteer Program

D3W - DAS Dynamic Dog Walkers Club

Dog Walkers: duties include to socialize, walk and comfort dogs Goal: socialize 116 dogs 7 days a week. Together We Can!!!!
May 20, 2018  11:00am
1.5 Hours
30 Needed
Volunteers Who Stepped Up
  • Ann Axtens
  • Hiroshi  Takaishi
  • Jacqueline  Lopez
  • Mark Swindell
  • Takami Hosoi
  • Yumeka Hosoi

More Details

          Dynamic Dog Walkers

Thank you so much for offering to be a part of the Dynamic Dog Walkers Club.

  • Complete and Submit a Volunteer Application (New Volunteers Only)

  • Attend the Volunteer Orientation

  • Attend the Dog Handling Training which is included in General Shelter Training

  • Walk and Socialize Adoptable Dogs Only

  • Mark the Dog Walking Sheet

  • Update the White Board at the Dog Walking Station (For Everyone’s View)

  • Assist New Dog Walkers

  • Commit to a Regular Dog Walking Schedule

Dog Walking Hours

Monday – Fridays

1st (11:00 – 12:00 p.m.)   2nd (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)  (4:00-5:00 p.m.)

Saturdays & Sundays

(10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)  / (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

 

Enrichment Team Training Instructions

  1. Log in and select Dynamic Dog Walker on Kiosk

  2. Pick up a Dynamic Dog Walking Sheet to keep track of dogs walked.

  3. Check the playgroup notes, and determine if this is a dog that you would like to spend time with.

  4. Check the board to determine which dogs need enrichment

  5. Before getting the dog out, attach an “Out for a Stretch” Sign on the kennel. Get out one dog at a time using appropriate dog handling techniques.

  6. Take the dog to an available play yard or a side walk to the back of the building. Keep from designated off limit areas. Get out one dog at a time using appropriate dog handling techniques.  Avoid interaction with other dogs and unsuspecting customers. Tight Leashes Matter!

  7. Watch for body language (see attached document).

  8. Clean up after the dog

  9. Return the dog to the kennel it was remove from.

  10. Update the board so everyone knows this dog got enrichment

  11. Complete the Dog Walking Sheet and drop in the box in the front area and sign out ***

Hands-on training

Once the dog handling training is finished, you will need to get hands-on training from experienced dog walkers who will assist each volunteer as he/she takes a dog out from beginning to end, doing all steps outlined above. Make sure they are keeping the dog close as they walk through the facility to avoid interactions.  Each volunteer should interact with 2-3 dogs under the supervision of experienced volunteers who will correct any areas where there is concern.

Benefits for Shelter Dogs

  • Exercise keeps shelter dogs calm, sane, and content

  • Improves the behavioral, mental, emotional health and well-being of shelter dogs

  • Increased socialization strengths the ability for shelter dogs to connect and bond with people

  • Increases shelter dogs chance for adoption, because they appear more relaxed, happy and calm

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