We are looking for some very special volunteers that…
Certain levels of obedience and behaviour are required from your dog but full training will be given.
If you and your dog fulfil the criteria, we will arrange an initial meeting for you to understand the scheme a little more, discuss your volunteering desires and see if your dog will be comfortable in his/her volunteering role.
Your dog must have passed The Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze and Silver Award at your local dog training centre. Training must have been completed within last 2 years.
Burns by Your Side Preparation workshops – 6 weekly sessions taking place in West Wales, delivered by qualified dog trainers at dedicated centres. Daytime and evening classes are available. Venue and workshop details will be emailed following initial assessment. These courses are competitively priced and are designed to further develop your bond with your dog while meeting the required Burns by Your Side training standards, in a gentle, fun and encouraging way. Our team is committed to using force free positive training methods.
Once you have met the required standard for dog temperament and training, we will equip you with everything you need to be comfortable and safe in your new volunteer role. We will arrange insurance, safeguarding training and undertake a DBS check where appropriate (Child Protection Training and Garda Vetting process in Ireland).
We will support you in finding the school, library or education setting of your choice. We will meet with the Head to organise the agreement. We will arrange and attend a meet and greet assembly to introduce you and your dog to the school. We will accompany and help you with your first live reading session.
Once you have successfully completed all the above stages, you and your dog will be a fully qualified “Burns by Your Side, Reading Team and a member of the BBYS family. Our support doesn’t end there. We are always around to help and arrange regular get-togethers and information sessions. We have a closed Facebook page for everyone to keep in touch with each other and share inspiring stories.