Dog Trainers Wanted

Are you a Dog Trainer full of passion for dogs & people and based in Hampshire, Sussex or Surrey?

We are looking for experienced, talented and positive reinforcement dog trainers to help our veterans train our rescue dogs to become assistance dogs!

If you are able to commit to 2-4 hours per week over 9 months we would love to hear from you!

This work is highly rewarding and you would be making a real difference to rescue dogs and lives affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

To work as a dog trainer for Service Dogs UK involves working with dogs from rescue and people of all ages, some of whom may have physical or mental health problems.

The role is to train rescue dogs to international assistance dog standards within a target period of 9 months using the structure that is in place and under the guidance of our training team. You’d be working alongside other trainers and volunteers, as a team, to get partnerships (veterans & dogs) up to the required Standards.

We require a long-term commitment of at least 9 months for the benefit of both the dog and the recipients.

Our dog ‘teams’ require a degree of stability and continuity so please only proceed if you feel you are able to commit for at least 9 months.

What you’ll need:

  • Experience of training dogs in a class setting and leading classes
  • Desired is experience with one to one training (behavioural consulting)
  • Desired is training experience of rescue dogs
  • Be based in Hampshire, Sussex or Surrey
  • Commitment to force free & positive reward based training
  • Knowledge of dog care and welfare issues
  • Initiative and a positive attitude
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Good computer skills
  • Ability to coordinate a number of tasks
  • Flexibility in working hours
  • Your own car and driving license
  • Desired is experience of working with people with a disability or having an understanding of disability


Please send your curriculum vitae to garry@servicedogsuk.org, listing items like;

  • your contact details,
  • outlining your dog training and dog behaviour experience,
  • employment/volunteering history,
  • education & courses, any qualifications,
  • skills,
  • interests.

We will be looking in particular at your experience of working with dogs over a number of years in a professional training (or behaviour) setting and ability to work with people.

What kind of training we do?

To create a strong bond between dog and veteran you need trust and respect, therefore we use fun, empowerment, positive methods as tools to train our dogs.  This not only benefits the dog, but equally the veteran – it makes everyone feel happier, motivated and provides essential life skills. We never train with using force or punishment.

Training should be fun, we want dogs to figure “stuff” out themselves, learn with pleasure in safe, caring and fun environments and delight going to training… and they do! It means the relationship between a dog and guardian is stronger, reliable and is a partnership where the dog chooses to be of a support.

Dogs, all dogs, are precious and as an organisation we are the guardians of these special unique and individual beings – every choice we make is with this in mind; they deserve understanding, kindness, patience, respect and a great stimulating life filled with love.

By donating your professional skills to this worthwhile cause you will develop and add to your existing skill set, learn new ones and expand your experience in training assistance dogs plus we will provide you with specialised initial and ongoing training and support.

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