Temporary Boarder

Dogs for Good

Name: Temporary Boarder
Organisation: Dogs for Good
Location: Office F13, The Park Community Centre, Daventry Road, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 1DQ
Type: Part Time


This role is perfect if you are unable to have a dog of your own due to working full time or other commitments.

We need volunteers to look after our dogs while they are training to become a qualified assistant dog.

You look after one of our dogs in training at home every weekday evening and during the weekends. Monday – Friday you bring the dog into our Bristol centre in the morning and pick them up at the end of the day, taking them home to have a well earned rest from their training. There may be the occasional need for boarding during the weekday.

Full support is given and dog food is provided, but you would need to provide your own equipment for the dog such as bowls, bedding etc. All of our dogs are insured in the event of any vet care being necessary.

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Organisation Description

Since 1988, Dogs for Good has been making life-changing differences for people with disabilities. We support people with complex needs including physical disabilities, autism, dementia and learning disabilities enabling them to lead more independent lives through the help of trained dogs.

Our assistance dogs support both children and adults to provide practical support, enrich daily life and overcome specific challenges.

Our community dogs work alongside a specialist handler in schools and colleges, hospitals and in social care. Over their lifetime, a community dog helps dozens of people to overcome challenges, supporting them to achieve goals such as development of life-skills, overcoming anxiety or engaging with physiotherapy, using techniques known as animal assisted intervention (AAI).

Our Family Dog service offers training, guidance and ongoing support to parents of children on the autism spectrum enabling the whole family to benefit from the unique support a well-trained dog can bring.

We believe dogs are good for us and through a deeper understanding about them we can improve and enhance the lives of both dog and owner.


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Cause / Interests

  • Animals
  • Disability

Types of Activity

  • General and Helping

Skills and Qualifications


You need to:

Have a fully enclosed, secure garden, with a fence/wall measuring 5ft minimum

Have no more than two pet dogs & be able to walk the dog separately from your own dog

Not leave the dog for more than a four hour period

Be prepared to spend time each day exercising the dog as per the Trainer’s instructions


You get to care for a puppy or dog who is on their journey of becoming a life-changing assistance dog.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: NA
Offer: Yes
Training: Yes
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, References