Dog Enrichment Volunteer

(Georgian Triangle Humane Society, Collingwood - 10th Line)

Position ID: V-CWD0188
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2023
Last Full Update: 14 Aug 2023

Opportunity Details: Dog Enrichment Volunteer

Contact Adrienne Thorp, Volunteer Coordinator, Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS); Phone: 705-445-5204 ext 230; Email:

Dog Care Enrichment Volunteers participate in our Canine Enrichment Program to provide mental and physical stimuli to the dogs in our care. Dog Care Volunteers interact with the majority of dogs at our Animal Centre, so complete a Dog Care Program in order to interact with Green dogs (ie. puppies and seniors who are easy to walk and handle) and Yellow dogs (ie. young, rambunctious, pullers who can be slightly difficult to walk and handle), with the ultimate goal of working with Red dogs (ie. strong pullers with some behavioural issues who are difficult to walk and handle). Training is required upon joining the Dog Care Team and will be required intermittently to progress through the Dog Care Program.

  • Create treats / food puzzles
  • Provide food and clean water as required or instructed
  • Assist in the maintenance of dogs’ physical and mental well-being
  • Interact with dogs for walks, training and socialization
  • Bathe / groom dogs
  • Reinforce behaviours that make dogs more adoptable
  • Ensure dogs are safe and secure
  • Follow appropriate protocol, policies and procedures
  • Wash up dirty dog dishes and assist with laundry (washing, drying and folding linens), based on Enrichment activities undertaken
  • Clean up after dogs (stoop and scoop) in the kennel area and outdoors, as appropriate
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Benefits Keep active, meet like-minded people, interact with dogs and puppies
Clients Dogs, puppies and teammates
Ages 18 year(s) and up
Suitable for Highschool Credit Hours Yes
Areas of Interest Animal Services
Skills/Experience Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Creativity ; Customer Service ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Mentoring & Training - Relevant if supporting or training new volunteers ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work ; 18 years of age minimum 
A gentle and kind approach to dog handling 
Confident with dogs 
A commitment to animal welfare 
Current dog handling and/or training experience is required 
Medium and/or large dog experience is required 
Willingness and ability to complete the GTHS Dog Care Program (training from Green to Yellow Dog Walker status) is a must 
Self motivated 
Ability to work alone and in a team environment 
Ability to follow protocol
Commitment Length Medium Term (4 months to 1 year) - A minimum commitment period of 6 months is required for all volunteer positions at the GTHS unless otherwise stated ; Shifts take place once a week and are 2 hours in length. Based on the vacancy applied for, successful candidates select their choice of 2 hour shift between the hours of 9am-12noon or 1-4pm. At time of posting, this team has a vacancy on Tuesday morning and Saturday afternoon. For the most up-to-date information on this and other volunteer opportunities, for FAQs and a volunteer application form go to:
Interaction Level Solitary ; One-on-one ; Small Group
Minimum Hours 2 / Week
Accessibility Not Accessible
Location 549 Tenth Line, Collingwood ON L9Y 0W1
Number of Positions Collingwood: 2 individual(s) 
2 individual(s) needed in total.
Training Orientation - Virtual (or in-person) ; Training is provided - Online, by email and in-person; reference materials are also provided to support training ; Based on a volunteer's interest and ability, online and in-person training is provided to progress through the colour-coded dog interaction levels
Transportation Parking is available in the adjacent parking lot and along the roadside
Police Check Not Required
Additional Requirements Dog handling skills and experience are required to join the GTHS Dog Care Team, and candidates must be confident and physically capable of handling medium-large dogs. Please submit a volunteer application form to apply for this position:
Start Date On or after 08 Nov 2023

Agency Details: Georgian Triangle Humane Society, Collingwood - 10th Line

Office Phone 705-445-5204
Address & Map
549 10th Line
Collingwood, ON
Canada L9Y 0W1
Mailing Address 549 10th Line 
Canada L9Y 0W1