What are dog handlers?
At Pet Pro Life adoption events we try not to have the dogs, other than young puppies, in crates. Being out allows the dogs to interact with each other and with the prospective adopters more easily. It is also much less stressful for the dogs as it becomes one big play date for them (and often for the handlers!).
In order to do this we need volunteers to hold the dogs and supervise ther interactions. Each dog handler takes a dog from the foster or owner when they arrive at the adoption event. The handler is responsble for checking the dog book and/or talking with the owner to get the basic information about the dog including the name, age, breed, temperament, and any special needs or concerns.
The handler then spends the day with the dog and controls the interactions with other dogs and with people. The handler also answers questions from prospective adopters about the dog and the Pet Pro Life adoption process. The handler takes the dog for short walks every 30 to 45 minutes to give it a chance to relieve itself and just to break up the day for the dog.
Dog handlers play a critical role in the success of finding new homes for our dogs. They are the dog's voice and advocate. Handlers must be totally honest about both the positive and negative attributes of each dogs so that prospective adopters can make a fully informed decision.
Dog handlers must be at least 16 years old or accompanied by a parent or guardian.