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Volunteer Trainer Application

Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a Volunteer Trainer for 4 Paws for Ability. At this time we are accepting applications for Primary, Weekend, and Weekday/Weekend Volunteer Trainers. Please feel free to check back in the future for other volunteer opportunities!

Please fill out this application and if you have any questions please feel free to email taylordyer@4pawsforability.org

Please list the primary address where you will be living while handling the 4 Paws dog.

Program Information

Primary Handlers: This is an individual, family, or university student who lives on or off campus who will be caring for, training, and socializing a 4 Paws dog in their home. Primary handlers live and work with one dog that they have been paired with. 

Primary volunteer trainers must have a vehicle that can be used if there is a need to come to 4 Paws unexpectedly due to an emergency and for scheduled monthly classes/supply pickups/vet appointments, etc.

Primary handlers must have housing approval completed through the application process.

Primary volunteer trainers must fill out an online Socialiation form every two weeks about the 4 Paws service dog in training.

Primary volunteer trainers must attend  in person monthly classes from 4 Paws. Classes are offered at 4 Paws in Xenia, OH.  Primary handlers may only miss an in person class once every three months.

Secondary Handlers: This is an individual, family, or university student who lives on or off campus looking to short-term assist other Volunteer Trainers during the day or overnight. Secondary handlers work with a variety of different dogs in our program and are not paired with a specific dog. 

Secondary volunteer trainers will not receive supplies or a 4 Paws dog following their orientation.  Secondary volunteer trainers will receive supplies from Primary handlers as sitting arrangements are made.

Secondary volunteer trainers can be a daytime handler who will only watch dogs during the day, out in public or at a previously approved location or an overnight handler who goes through the housing approval process to be able to assist at their residence and overnight. 
 

Weekend/Weeknight Handlers: This is an individual, family, or university student who lives on or off campus who will be caring for, training, and socializing a 4 Paws dog in Advanced Training in their home on weekends or in the evenings and on weekends. Weekend handlers are considered primary handlers in that they are working continuously with one dog in the program that they are paired with.  This involves driving to and from 4 Paws in Xenia, Ohio at least twice a week as their dog works with one of our professional trainers during the business day. 

Weekend volunteer trainers must have a vehicle that can be used if there is a need to come to 4 Paws unexpectedly due to an emergency and for scheduled monthly obedience classes/supply pickups/vet appointments, etc. 

Weekend volunteer trainers must have housing approval completed through the application process.

Weekend volunteer trainers must complete a form every weekend on the 4 Paws service dog in training


Weekend volunteer trainers must attend in person monthly classes from 4 Paws. Classes are offered at 4 Paws in Xenia, OH. Weekend handlers may only miss one in person class every three months.
 

Program of Interest

For those applying to take dogs into their home on weekends or for the weekday/weekend program: (Reminder these dogs typically need to be at 4 Paws Monday-Friday 8-5)

Employment Information

Pet Information

Expectations

While participating as a volunteer trainer there may be a time that your dog needs to be transported somewhere immediately in an emergency. 

All necessary supplies can be picked up from 4 Paws including all initial supplies, food, preventatives, medications, vet care. Any care or supplies done outside of 4 Paws would fall under the financial responsibility of the volunteer trainer. This is with the exception of emergency medical care under the direction of 4 Paws- each incident would need Executive Director's approval. 

All transportation to and from 4 Paws is the responsibility of the volunteer trainer. 

All dogs in your home would need to come to 4 Paws for Ability for a temperament test with one of our dogs. 

Volunteer Trainers are required to complete an online orientation to familiarize yourself with all of 4 Paws policies and procedures. On-site information will cover more hands on and harder to understand information. 

Each month volunteer trainers are required to attend a single 2 hour obedience class.

Which of the following forms of communication are you willing to use with 4 Paws for Ability?

Housing Verification