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Aftercare Instructor (South)

Canine Partners is an assistance dog charity which trains amazing dogs to transform the lives of people with physical disabilities. To help achieve this, we need amazing people and we have a fantastic new opportunity for an Aftercare Instructor to join our growing team based at our Southern Training Centre in Heyshott, West Sussex. You’ll be working directly with our Partners who have been partnered with a dog, supporting them with the on-going training of their dog. Using positive training methods, you will give advice on behavioural and training issues.

Salary: £18,630 - £23,288 per annum (dependent on experience)

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You will be part of our busy Aftercare team, providing training and support to our partners in their home once they have been matched with their Canine Partners. We give on-going support to every partnership, ensuring they are long-lasting, happy and healthy. Each partnership receives a minimum of 7 visits in the first year and at least 2 visits annually, until the dog retires. For more information on the Aftercare support we provide, please visit our website

Ideally you will have experience of training dogs using positive reward based methods and will have empathy for a wide range of people, including those with a disability. We welcome applications from those with commitment to excellence and an ability to demonstrate a passion for their work.

Duties will include:
•Working with our partners and their dogs using positive dog training methods
•Providing aftercare visits, training and support for partners
•Monitoring partnerships, giving advice and feedback on behavioural issues
•Travel throughout the south visiting partners with office days at our Southern Training Centre near Heyshott. Therefore it is necessary that you can commute to Heyshott, West Sussex

It is therefore essential that you can meet the following criteria:
•Natural rapport with dogs
•Knowledge of dog training behaviour
•Strong communication and interpersonal skills
•Effective record keeping, ICT and report writing skills

It is also essential that you have a commitment to excellence and an ability to demonstrate a passion for your work. Ideally you will have an understanding of human medical conditions as they relate to Canine Partnerships and experience of providing training to others, along with a positive attitude, flexibility and initiative.

Above all you will embrace our values with a passion, and love working as part of the growing Canine Partners family. Joining Canine Partners could be the start of a fantastic career, assisting people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and a better quality of life.

Closing date for applications: 9am Friday 21 August 2015
Interview to be held in: Heyshott, West Sussex
1st Interview Date: 10 or 11 September 2015
2nd Interview Date:TBC in September 2015

To apply, please read the job description, download an application form and email your completed application form to Sarah McElhinney at by the closing date. Please send your application as either a word document or PDF.

For further information, please contact Sarah McElhinney on 01730 716002.


Closing Date: 9am 21 August 2015



Volunteer supporters needed nationwide - be part of our growing family!

You too can help provide our highly skilled Assistance Dogs for people with disabilities by offering help local to you at a Puppy Training Satellite or Support Group. We can put you in touch with Canine Partners staff and volunteers in your area, just contact us to see how you can help. For further information on opportunities to help please click here to find out more, for example:

West Sussex Head Office, Scotland & Essex Fundraising need volunteers to help for various events and administration tasks. 


For further details, please contact Sarah McElhinney on 01730 716002 or email


Canine Partners is an equal opportunity employer.  


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Canine Partners’ Leicestershire Training Centre

Canine Partners needs to raise £3.1million to build a second Training Centre in order to train more dogs and change more lives.

We have purchased a site in a village called Osgathorpe, halfway between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Loughborough, which has a range of barns, outbuildings and associated land. The plan is to replace the barns and adapt some of the outbuildings to create the specialised buildings we need.

Having a Midlands Training Centre will not only increase our output, it will also make the charity far more accessible for those on our waiting list who are unable to make the long journey to our centre in West Sussex. 42% of the applications we received last year were from people living in the mid and northern regions of the UK. Many of our existing partnerships will also benefit from being able to receive support from the new centre.

The site will consist of a training centre and office facilities, fully accessible accommodation and kennelling.

This is an extremely exciting time for Canine Partners and we would be delighted to receive your support.

For more information about this project, please contact Cat Harvey on 01730 716018 or email

Jobs available at the new centre will be advertised on our Vacancies page here: Work for us



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