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Puppy Development Advisor

  • Full time
  • £28,988
  • Scotland
  • Closing 15th February 2022

  • Advertised from 26th January 2022
  • 35 hours per week. Permanent.
  • + benefits
  • 001167


The Puppy Development Advisor helps people with sight loss to live the life they choose by providing training and ongoing support to volunteers responsible for the caring and raising of Guide Dogs puppies in line with positive reinforcement techniques and delivering the Guide Dogs Puppy Raising for Excellent Partnerships (PREP) programme. This role supports the Scotland region which includes the Central Belt to the East Coast.

Our core hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year. A flexible approach with a willingness to work outside of core hours and away from home will be required.

We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.

Candidate requirements

To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;


  • Practical, hands-on experience within the field of canine behaviour modification, positive reinforcement or dog training as a practitioner.
  • Experience of coaching and training individuals and groups of people in practical skills and theoretical knowledge.
  • Experience of using a database to manage & maintain accurate records
  • Experience of effective planning, prioritising and organising workload.


  • Degree in an animal related subject, ideally animal behaviour, training and/or welfare/wellbeing.
  • Accredited/documented learning in animal welfare, wellbeing or behaviour.
  • Accredited/documented learning in any the following areas: people management, volunteer management, human behaviour change, teaching and/or mentoring.
  • Experience of managing a team of staff or volunteers.
  • Experience of delivering puppy classes/or working with puppies under a year old.

Application notes

More details about this role, the Organisation and the recruitment process can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.

Closing date: 15th February 2022

We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.

If you have any accessibility issues, please contact our Recruitment Team on 01189838837 or

Applications need to be made using the online application form on our website.

As part of your application ensure you provide evidence and examples of how your skills & experience meet the criteria as set out in the attached job description.

The system has a one-hour time limit. We would advise you to prepare your answers separately and then copy and paste into the online form once finalised.

If any mandatory fields are missed, a pop-up box will appear at the top of the page advising which sections require completion.

Please note that you’ll have to upload a CV as this is a mandatory requirement as part of our Safer Recruitment Policy.

Guide Dogs follow Safer Recruitment practices to ensure we are safeguarding the vulnerable people we work with. As part of this, we require a full work history with any gaps accounted for & a minimum of 2 professional referee details fully covering the past 5 years. If there is not enough space in your application form to provide this information, please ensure you upload additional documentation containing the additional detail.

Please contact our Recruitment Team on 01189838837 or if you require any support with your application.

If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.


Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from people with disabilities as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invitation to interview for all applicants with disabilities who demonstrate, within their application form, sufficient evidence to meet the essential criteria for the job.


Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.