• VO73525
  • Home-based volunteering


Provide temporary accommodation for a dog at home on behalf of Guide Dogs, and to comply with the Boarders Agreement in relation to the welfare and handling of the dog or puppy.

For more information, contact emma Murton via or 0345 143 0203.

During Training, boarding is overnight and at weekends from the age of 12 months.

  • Early Training Boarders take younger dogs for 16 weeks
  • Advanced Training Boarders take dogs for the next 10 weeks
  • In some cases it is possible to board for the entire 26 weeks training period

Puppy Boarders, Brood Bitch and Stud Dog Boarders support those volunteers who home puppies or breeding dogs full time, for example taking the dog full time if a volunteer is not able to take it on holiday or they are taken ill

Client Boarders board working dogs for short periods full time on those occasions clients are unable to make their own arrangements

At some sites a small number of Respite Boarders support teams when we need someone to care for dogs unexpectedly. This is for varying periods, for example taking dogs full time if they don’t settle in kennels, are unwell or they are withdrawn from training.

What does the role involve?

  • Training Boarders need to drop off their dogs 8-9am and pick up 5-6pm at a Guide Dogs site or a site near a trainer's home. Local teams can discuss details and maximum travel time possible
  • Willing to provide a welcoming and safe environment for a dog or puppy for the time required. Providing a consistent home is particularly important for our dogs in training
  • Ensuring the dog or puppy is fed and exercised as directed
  • Embedding the same behaviour and commands as your supervisor
  • In the event of an emergency, ensure the dog or puppy receives veterinary care and Guide Dogs is informed immediately

Organisation aims and objectives

To provide guide dogs and other rehabilitation services that meets the needs of the blind and partially sighted people. Guide dogs want a world in which all people who are blind and partially sighted to enjoy the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as everyone else











Experience required: - All boarders will be required to attend training sessions. Those handling younger and larger/more active dogs need more training - Enjoy working with dogs and have suitable accommodation - Perseverance to help support the training of the dogs - Good communication skills
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: All food, veterinary costs and the provision of equipment
Training details: - Regular and ongoing support and training from your supervisor - Attending Boarder Training programme - Basic induction to Guide Dogs and to the role
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 5 months ago