June 2022 - Shelter Dog Internship Programme

June 2022 - Shelter Dog Internship Programme

We are delighted to be opening up our dog Internship again offering a unique opportunity to gain experience in a fast paced shelter environment. Full training will be provided. Please note this is a very physical role. 

Applicant Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Must have transport to and from the shelter.
  • Commit to 2 days a week (Days are 9am - 5pm over Monday - Sunday)
  • Duration: Complete 500 hours

Applicant must have:

  • A passion for animal welfare
  • The ability to volunteer in a fast paced environment
  • Capable of working as a team player
  • Good customer service manner
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to use own innovative
  • Basic computer skills
  • Be confident handling dogs of all sizes and behaviours
  • Possess a strong personal work ethic

Daily duties will include but not be limited to the following:

Animal Care

  • Cleaning kennels
  • Preparing feeds
  • Administering medication
  • Providing behavioural enrichment & stimulation
  • Walking dogs
  • Socialising dogs in play groups
  • Observing canine body language
  • Basic obedience training


  • Allocation of dogs to suitable families
  • Basic temperament assessments
  • Observing dog meets
  • Observing family meets


  • Adding dogs to website
  • Making calls to potential adopters
  • Managing emails
  • Completing adoption & trial paperwork

How To Apply

To apply please email CV and cover letter to tanya@dspcadogtraining.ie

Must also describe your experience with dog handling to date. Unfortunately due to the high volume of application we recived for our last internship, we will only be able to respond to successful applicants. 

Closing Date For Applications: 10th June 2022