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Job Vacancy: Puppy Development Coordinator


Auckland Based - covering Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty (daily travel required).

Full-time 40 hours/week.

Closing Date for applications: Friday the 15th of February 2023.

Please apply at the following link:

Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.  

The Role:

Reporting to the Puppy Development & Dog Training Manager, you will assist ADNZT to achieve its mission by finding, educating and supporting our volunteer puppy raisers. You will guide them in socialising our puppies in training in a broad range of community environments.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Undertake puppy-raiser interviews and make selections on suitable volunteer puppy-raising families.

  • Place puppies with volunteer puppy raiser families.

  • Provide supervision and developmental visits to puppies in the Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, fortnightly or monthly (depending on the situation).

  • Provide advice for dog-related training issues, observe puppy walks in different environments and supply feeding requirements.

  • Write detailed reports on each visit regarding the puppy’s progress, handler tendencies and overall health and well-being of the puppy.

  • Pick up and deliver puppies to puppy raiser homes.

  • Organise all boarding arrangements for puppies when their puppy raiser is away.

  • Occasionally take puppies to vet/specialist vet appointments when required.

  • Organise additional puppy visitations (as required) for specific training.

  • Organise and take regular group puppy classes with the Puppy Development & Dog Training Manager.

  • Take the puppies home for home behaviour assessments and (if required) further assessment.

  • Represent ADNZT at events and perform speaking engagements with schools, groups and clubs (as required).

  • Perform a comprehensive handover discussion with Dog Training Coordinator for new puppies entering formal training.


Skills & Experience:

  • A genuine interest and affinity with dogs, their development, welfare and role as assistance dogs

  • Preferably, previous experience working with puppies and adolescent dogs.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a broad range of people.

  • Ability to problem solve and think outside the box.

  • Self-motivated and the ability to work independently as well as be part of a team.

  • Full NZ driver's license.

  • Confident in the use of Outlook, Excel and Word.

  • Current First Aid certificate – or a willingness to attend a first aid course.

  • Willingness to complete any additional internal training, workshops and courses relating to dog training, disabilities and dog health.

  • Willingness to attend conferences that provide additional learning to support this role.

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