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Puppy Raising Manager

Remuneration:To be discussed 
Benefits:Provident Fund, Medical Aid after probation period
Location:Paulshof, Sandton
Education level:Matric
Job level:Mid/Senior
Company:South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind

Job description

Key function:

The Puppy Raising Manager (PRM) will oversee the Puppies from eight weeks of age until formal training intake age. The PRM will oversee Puppy Raising Supervisors (PRS) and Puppy Raisers.

Key responsibilities:
  • Management of PRS team.
  • Communication and education of Puppy Raisers.
  • Education of PRS and continued development of qualified PRS.
  • Puppy Raiser recruitment.
  • All admin tasks related to PRS team.
  • Identify and resolve any behavioural problems of GDA juvenile stock.
  • Optimum socialisation of pups.
  • Liaise and collaborate with all technical managers and HODs to ensure that GDA is functioning efficiently with regard to socialisation and training of puppies and young dogs.
Essential qualities:
  • Good people skills, efficient communication skills and a service-oriented approach to volunteers.
  • Good understanding of dogs and puppies and their health and behavioural needs.
  • Good understanding of Puppy Socialising, dog body language and general obedience in dogs.
  • Good understanding of Positive Reinforcement training and learning theory of dogs.
  • Good understanding of common behavioural problems in dogs and puppies and solutions to these problems.
  • Able to solve problems, resolve conflict and implement agreed protocols of GDA.
  • Ability to work in a team and independently without supervision.
  • A strong work ethic and the willingness to work outside office hours when required.
  • Must be physically fit and able to handle boisterous dogs and puppies.


Skills required:
  • Must be able to communicate in English and Afrikaans.
  • Must have a valid drivers licence.
  • Must have a minimum education level of a matric certificate (additional education an advantage).
  • Dog training experience is essential.
  • Puppy socialising experience an advantage.
  • Clicker training experience an advantage.
  • An understanding of dog behaviour and dog health an advantage.
  • Completion of a COAPE course an advantage.  
Persons interested in this position are requested to submit the following documents to Gail Glover,  .

1. A copy of their CV and qualifications.

2. Letter of motivation.

3. Copy of their identity document.

Applications closed on 15 March 2019.

South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind reserves the right not to fill this vacancy. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant for an interview or appointment and failure to meet the minimum requirements of the post will result in the applicant automatically disqualifying themselves from consideration. Applicants who do not receive a reply within four weeks of submission should deem their application to have been unsuccessful.

Posted on 11 Feb 07:38

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