Program Description


The main objective of this program is to provide exercise, training and socialization to The Haven adoptable dogs and approved Fairhope dogs by following guidelines set by The Haven.  Another objective is to ensure that each dog is receiving ample out of cage time and learning basic manners training thereby making them more adoptable and better prepared to enter a new home.  Please note that by completing a volunteer application and selecting to volunteer as a dog walker does not guarantee enrollment. All applicants are subject to an interview.




·         Engage in positive reinforcement training that will mentally stimulate dogs as well as encourage the dogs to display desired behaviors.

·         Communicate and cooperate with all Haven and City of Fairhope employees, volunteers including but not limited to dog trainers and behaviorist.

·         Exercise approved dogs in the required locations which is explained to volunteers during orientation. 

·         Teach the dog how to walk properly on a leash without pulling or tugging.

·         Teach the dog how to sit while in their kennels using positive reinforcement and dog kibble placed in each small stainless steel container located on each dog cage.

·         Teach the dog to calmly exit out of their cage

·         Observe dogs and document any behavior, medical or other concerns that arise about the dog.



Qualifications & Requirements


  • Must be willing to understand, learn and utilize positive reinforcement training.
  • Positive and friendly attitude and enjoy working with animals
  • Experience handling dogs preferred.
  • Physically able to handle large dogs.
  • Have good communication skills and be a team player.
  • Willingness to clean up dog waste in the side yard, on the street and in the kennel
  • Volunteer Orientation and Dog Walking Program Orientation


Time Commitment


  • Must be able to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per month
  • Not to exceed more than 3 hours per week and/or 8 hours per month.
  • Must volunteer for a minimum of 3 consecutive months
  • not to exceed 4 hours per week or 8 hours per month.



Days & Hours Needed


  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday*
  • Shift 1: 8:00a-10:00a
  • Shift 2: 10:00a-12:00p
  • Shift 3: 12:00p-2:00p
  • Shift 4: 2:00p-4:00p


* A minimum of 30 minutes or maxiumum of 2 hours a day in any of these time blocks is required