Needham Canine Adventures

Needham Canine Adventures is a dog day care creche. We offer Day Care for dogs (generally whilst people are at work) and grooming facilities. It is a luxury unkennelled environment, (resembling a children’s nursery) where dogs play freely together. We have ball pits climbing frames, paddling pools, slides and wendy houses, plus lots of interactive games for the dogs to play.

A fantastic opportunity for someone who has a keen love of animals to learn to be one of our Canine Carers and be involved in the everyday tasks in the creche. Applicants will need to have a natural affinity with dogs and be a true dog lover!

Duties include:

  • Contribute to providing a caring, stimulating, and safe environment for all dogs
  • Caring and general supervision of the dogs
  • Vigilance in supervising their care, well-being and entertainment
  • Ensuring a plentiful supply of water
  • Ensuring dog waste is removed immediately
  • Tending to the dogs thoughtfully, gently, and with care
  • Feeding the dogs correctly (measured and on time)
  • Dealing with any “special needs” dogs', i.e. older dogs or some on medication
  • Paying close attention to the notices regarding dogs status such as an injury, recent surgery, or allergy
  • Careful and efficient monitoring of any changes or differences in dogs' behaviour/temperament/condition
  • Communicating and working with the team
  • General cleaning duties, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, polishing, washing up, etc.
  • All other miscellaneous duties that may occur on a day-to-day basis
  • Any other reasonable duties as the needs of the business evolve

You will answer to and work directly with the managing director.

Desired skills

  • Trustful - held a position or performed a duty previously which details high levels of trust (at school if this is first position, i.e. prefect, club leader)
  • Efficient and thorough, paying attention to detail
  • Previous experience with dogs is required and details must be shown on the application

Personal qualities

  • Friendly face-to-face manner and personable soft skills
  • Capable of communicating clearly with all members of the team
  • Outgoing
  • Able to follow written and verbal instructions exactly
  • Can prove your reliability, your attendance record must be exemplary
  • Highly committed to the dog's wellbeing and happiness
  • Confident
  • You will be expected to demonstrate a calm approach
  • A natural love of dogs
  • A caring and professional approach
  • Proactive approach
  • Adaptability
  • Trustworthy
  • Punctual
  • Reliable

Desired qualifications

  • GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and maths is desired
  • Applicants must not already hold a Level 2 or 3 in Animal Care to be eligible

Future prospects

  • Further training and management positions will be available
  • Apprentices that excel will be considered for a permanent position

Things to consider

  • Due to the hours and our location it is essential you have access to your own transport/can ensure you arrive to work on time
  • You will need to arrive ready to start for 8am and leave after the last dog at 6pm on working days
  • You will be physically active for most of the day. We pick up dog mess! We work long shifts and spend a lot of time running around after dogs which can be physically tiring
  • You need to be able to cope with the physical demands of the role as we are inside and outside in all weathers
  • KEITS Training Services Ltd reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the listed closing date should the need arise




Weekly wage


Working week

8am – 6pm Monday to Friday opening hours. (Shifts TBC) Weekly rota. Working days vary based on sch

Apprenticeship duration

16 months

Possible start date

30 April 2021

Date posted

10 March 2021

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

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