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Assistance Dog Trainer

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Assistance dog trainers work for charitable organisations who train dogs to help people with disabilities gain more independence.

The Work

You could be training:

In all cases, you could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries vary depending on the organisation, but generally you would earn between £12,000 and £15,000 a year as a trainee, rising to between £18,000 and £28,000 once fully qualified.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Guide Dogs (The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association) employs most assistance dog instructors. Other employers include Canine Partners, Dogs for the Disabled, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Support Dogs.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
6969
1.3 %
FALL
2022
6881
  United Kingdom
2017
76749
2.1 %
FALL
2022
75158

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

College of Animal Welfare
Tel: 01480 422060
E-mail: admin@caw.ac.uk
Website: http://www.caw.ac.uk/
Twitter: @CAWInfo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CAWInfo

The College of Animal Welfare specialises in veterinary nursing and animal care training. It operates from seven UK training centres, including the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School of Edinburgh University.

Dogs for Good
Tel: 01295 252600
E-mail: info@dogsforgood.org
Website: http://www.dogsforgood.org
Twitter: @DogsforGood
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DogsForGoodUK

Guide Dogs
Tel: 0118 983 5555
E-mail: guidedogs@guidedogs.org.uk
Website: http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/
Twitter: @guidedogs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guidedogsUK

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
Tel: 01844 348100
Minicom / Textphone: 01844 348100 (V & M)
E-mail: info@hearingdogs.org.uk
Website: http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/
Twitter: @HearingDogs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hearing.dogs?ref=name

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/scotland
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

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