Volunteer - Dog Section Support (Puppy Socialiser)

Joint Operations Unit, Dog Section
As and when required

Location: Home based (with a requirement to transport the dog to training sessions)

The forces which jointly run the Dog Section under the Joint Operations Unit (JOU) are looking for people to take on the responsibility of helping to develop and train the next generation of Police Dogs.

As Puppy Socialisers the role would require the puppy to live with you from 8 weeks old to approximately 12 months old.

During this period, as Puppy Socialisers, you would be required to introduce the puppy to as many new environments and experiences as possible, whilst also starting the foundation of puppy training.

The puppies we produce are not normal pet dogs. They are keen, enthusiastic and highly motivated and as such they are not the type of dog that is happy to lie down and sleep all day, they are going to need lots of regular exercise and stimulation. It can be a challenging but extremely rewarding role.

To become a Puppy Socialiser you will need to answer YES to the following questions. 

  • Are you physically capable of walking and controlling a dog on a lead?
  • Do you have access to a vehicle for safe transportation of the dog?
  • Do you have a suitable position in your home environment for a dog crate?
  • Are you able to provide a secure garden area?
  • Do you live within approximately 15 miles of Sulhamstead?
  • Are you able to make the dog available for regular training sessions at Sulhamstead?
  • Can you ensure that the puppy will not be left alone for more than 4 hours at a time (except in extreme circumstances)

As Puppy Socialisers you would be required to go through a police vetting process.

If you have answered yes to the questions above then please complete the online application form. If you have any queries on completing the application form, please contact People Services Recruitment Department on 0845 2 66 66 77, quoting reference 15742.  

Please note this vacancy will be removed once sufficient candidates have been sourced. 


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All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Thames Valley Police serves diverse communities; to truly reflect this, we are keen to recruit people from Black, Asian and other minority backgrounds. We value the knowledge and experiences that individuals bring from different cultures and welcome any contributions that can enhance the services we deliver to the public.

We believe in investing in all of our people, and run tailored Positive Action Initiatives to support our colleagues from underrepresented backgrounds in their personal and professional development, ensuring everyone has a level playing field to succeed, progress and feel fulfilled in their careers.

We will consider applications from flexible workers and look for job share opportunities where possible.