Dog Walker

Position description: Dog walkers work in teams of four, individually walking each dog in the shelter around our 1/5-mile nature trail at PAWS. Dog walkers not only provide exercise, but teach dogs basic obedience commands with the goal of making their stay at the shelter more stimulating. Training also helps the dogs make an easier transition into their new homes.

This position requires a tolerance for loud noise, and morning dog walkers are exposed to various cleaning agents. Volunteers in this position must be able to deal with adverse weather conditions, (we walk the dogs rain or shine), and be in good-to-moderate physical condition because of the high level of physical activity involved. Volunteers must also be committed to using the handling and training protocols outlined by PAWS' policy, be receptive to feedback and have a willingness to learn. Volunteers interact with dogs of various sizes, shapes, breeds and manners.

Duties include: walking, socializing and comforting the dogs; using learned PAWS' training practices; monitoring behavior and medical needs on daily log; preparing and giving dog treats; assisting the public when they have questions; assisting with laundry and dishes; and scooping poop.


Select volunteers who have been at PAWS six months have the opportunity to become Advanced Training Volunteers (ATV). ATV's work with some of our more challenging dogs on training, behavior modification and stress reduction. Additional training is required for ATV's.

This is a high animal contact position.

Dates available: year-round

Shifts: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., 5 - 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 - 11 a.m., 4 - 6 p.m. Volunteers are scheduled for the same shift each week.

Time commitment: A weekly shift for three hours for a minimum of three months.

Location: PAWS Companion Animal Shelter, Lynnwood WA

Training required: Dog Walkers are required to attend:

  • A volunteer orientation.
  • A two to three-hour hands-on skills training.

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