How to become a hearing dog trainer
Are you interested in becoming a dog trainer at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People? You can learn about the skills we look for when we recruit dog trainers below.
A qualification in animal behaviour, ideally to degree level but other animal related courses may also be relevant.
Some experience of working with people with disabilities, particularly deafness would be particularly beneficial.
On occasions you will need to instruct staff or recipients, therefore if you can show you have had experience in instructing or teaching people it could make you a strong candidate.
You will be given training but some previous experience of training dogs would be advantageous. We have listed some examples of the kind of experience we look for:
- Assisting with or running puppy/dog training classes
- Volunteer work at a rescue centre
- Training with your own dog i.e. obedience classes/agility
- Worked in a kennels
It is important to note that the role of dog trainer is hugely diverse and includes working deaf recipients, members of the public and other members of the Charity's staff as well as dogs. The role requires candidates that are self motivated, good communicators, organised, team players and able to work under pressure.
If you are successful, we have an ongoing development programme where you can progress within your role; moving from entrant, qualified to advanced hearing dog trainer.