CASUAL DOG WALKERS
This is one of the first things which comes to mind when members of the public consider helping us or when they are considering adopting one of our dogs. This is an aspect of volunteering which is very much appreciated by our dogs and staff.
Please note first of all volunteers must be aged 18 or over. Dogs cannot be walked if adults are accompanied by children under 12 years old. Children 12 years+ are not allowed to walk the dogs in their own right, but we can provide an additional lead so the child can walk the dog as well but the adult must remain in complete control at all times and the ratio must be 1 adult to 1 child. The simple procedure is as follows:
- You will need to complete a simple registration form on your first visit. You will need to produce proof of address to complete the registration and a photo ID. (Current driving licence /utility bill is ideal). We also ask for mobile telephone numbers at this first meeting which is used if we need to contact dog walkers whilst they are out walking our dogs in the event of an emergency.
- There is a short training session which is mainly Health & Safety before you can walk the dogs. The days for these vary each week so it is best to check with Reception or our staff. We will also run through the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ with you at this time.
- At Bleakholt we take our duty of care very seriously and we have a constant training programme for our dogs. If our staff offer any advice on walking a particular dog, please heed this advice whilst walking as your safety and that of our dogs is paramount to Bleakholt.
- Once registered you will be given a special pass which you will need to bring with you and produce every time you wish to walk a dog.
Dog walking is between 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. any day (except Open Days, Christmas Day and New Year Day). All dogs must be back in their kennels by 3.00 p.m. as that is when we start feeding them.
During our busiest periods there can be a waiting list to take dogs out. These periods are usually on Saturday or Sunday.