Positive Start: Dog Training
To provide structured quiet time, reward-based training, and social time with people and other dogs (when appropriate) to help to reduce stress in dogs. To reinforce polite default behaviors. To improve their chances for finding a “forever” home by giving them the ability to show off for potential adopters.
Taking dogs (one at a time) to and from kennels safely for:
- Enrichment activities in designated areas (will be specific to each location)
- Teach dogs specified behaviors to improve their chances of being adopted
To assist staff when a potential adopter is interested in viewing the dog, and to briefly show off the dog’s skills.
- Ability to follow instructions
- Must learn to accurately read dog body language
- Ability to handle dogs of all sizes safely
- Willingness to learn new skills that maybe different from your own personal experience
- Ability to bend, stoop, kneel
- Report behavior concerns
- WORK ENVIRONMENT
- Center for Animal Care (inside and outside in designated areas)
- General Orientation
- Initial reading of the Pawsitive Start Training manual, on-the-job training. You will also receive on-going support from your team captain.
- On-going training with Behavior Program Manager and/or designated staff and volunteers.
- Canine Personal Trainer Team Captain (if applicable)
- Behavior Program Managers
- MHS Volunteer Manager
- Facility Supervisor/Volunteer Contact
- Animal Care Center Manager
- Once per week
- Same shift (minimum 2-hour shift) each week or every other week, etc. (same day/time)
- Minimum 6 month commitment
REASONS FOR REASSESSSMENT:
- Inability to agree/conform to dog handling and training requirements
- Use of “aversive” type handling techniques (any physical or harsh verbal corrections)
- Inability to physically handle dogs in non-threatening and safe manner
- Inability to immediately retain critical safety/training instruction
- Failure to fulfill time commitment
- Inability to interact appropriately with staff, volunteers and customers
- Inability to adhere to the philosophy of the Michigan Humane Society
Sound like you? Apply to be a dog walker at one of our 3 locations (Berman, Detroit, or Rochester Hills). Apply now!