Fosterer Advanced Training

Chester le Street, Stanley, Durham City

To provide a temporary home for a guide dog in training for 3 to 6 months while they complete their training.


After the dog has completed their training for the day, all we ask if that they are fed, can have a play with their favourite toy in the evening and then bed. As the dog has been working during the day, they will not need a walk in the evening.
Weekends are a great opportunity to free run your dog and get to know them a little better. We do ask that you follow all handling and training procedures set out by the Guide Dog Mobility Specialist while the dog is at home with you. Full training will be provided.

Skills & Qualities

• Flexibility on collection and drop off times of the dog, by the Guide Dog Mobility Specialist from your home
• You can have the dog at home every evening and at weekends
• You have an enclosed garden or yard with a hard area for the dog to ‘do its business’
• You have permission from a landlord to have a dog in the house if you live in rented accommodation
• Commited to helping support the training of the dog
• Good communication skills

When & Where?

Evenings and weekends from your own home.

Training and Support Offered/Expenses

• Invitation to Guide Dogs Welcome Event
• Fosterer Training programme including dog handling skills
• Regular and ongoing support and training from your Guide Dog Mobility Specialist
• All food, veterinary costs and the provision of equipment are covered by Guide Dogs
• Payment of out of pocket expenses

Volunteer Benefits

• Increase in dog knowledge and welfare
• Opportunity to care for and have the companionship of a dog
• Be part of a team of a committed team with a pivotal role in providing guide dogs that enable blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else

Other Information

Collection of the dog from your home by the Guide Dog Mobility Specialist will be from 8am-9am and drop off will be from 3pm onwards. This role would be ideal for anyone who is working from home or is retired.

The minimum age for this role is 18 years old.

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Hours: Evenings and weekends Type: Disability, Outdoors, Health & Social Care

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