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Dog Walking

How to become a dog walker at the Humane Society of the Palouse:

HSoP Dog Walker Requirements:

  • Complete 12 volunteer hours at the Humane Society of the Palouse

  • Completed Volunteer Form

  • Completed Dog Walking Guidelines

  • Completed Waiver

  • Must be 18 years of age

  • Must schedule in advance


Dog Walking Hours:

Monday- Saturday 2:00pm – 4:00pm

***Dog walking is weather dependent.  To ensure the safety of HSoP dogs and volunteers, walking is not prohibited during adverse weather conditions***


Dog Walking FAQs

I just want to walk the dogs.  Why does that require so much training?

Walking the dogs actually involves more than just walking the dogs.  We want to make sure the animals consistently receive a high-quality level of care and stay as healthy as possible.  As well as to provide a clear and consistent training and leash work model.  To do this, we need to teach volunteers about safety procedures and protocols that are currently in place to limit the transfer of disease within our shelter. We also want to educate our volunteers on how to correctly interact with our shelter animals in order to reduce stress on the animals.

In addition, some of our dogs arrive in poor physical conditions.  HSoP ensures the health of dogs arriving in less than peak physical condition by training our dog walkers on signs of over excursion, heat stroke, dehydration and other possible medical conditions.

All volunteers receive specific training required for their volunteer role.  Volunteer training includes the duties required for the role, safety procedures and protocols required and animal handling. 

I’m an avid runner. Can I take Humane Society dogs out for a run?

As with people, dogs need to slowly build up muscle strength and endurance in order to avoid potential injury when running or jogging.  The dogs temporarily staying with HSoP until they find their forever homes, have not had the training needed to prevent injury or to build the endurance to sustain them on runs. 

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