Sophia Snuffle Volunteer

Koningin Sophia-Vereeniging tot Bescherming van Dieren • job opening nr. 7437

Interesting about this job

"Being a sniffer volunteer is fantastic! You can really teach children something through the interaction with your dog. The cooperation with your own dog makes it the ideal volunteer work for me and on top of that, you contribute to our society. In short, voluntary work that is fulfilling!" – Ilja Moll
"Even if there were only ééone child who is not bitten by a dog, my years of commitment to the Sophia SnuffelCollege have already paid off." –Dorette Stöveken

Job tasks and duties

Do you have a social, obedient and child-friendly dog?

And do you like being in front of the classroom? Then working as a volunteer for the Sophia Sniffer College might be something for you! Together with your dog, you will visit the lowest groups of primary schools to teach children on how to handle dogs safely. That way, the number of dog bites in children can be reduced and fear of dogs decreases. Moreover, the Sophia SnuffleCollege contributes to greater understanding and respect for dogs and other animals. The Sophia SnuffleCollege is a project of the Queen Sophia Society for the Protection of Animals.

The Sophia Snuffle College consists of three weekly lessons of 30 to 45 minutes. In the first lesson, you will introduce the children to a hand puppet. During the second and third lesson, your dog comes into the classroom with you and the theory is put into practice. How can you tell if a dog is angry, or sad? When can you pet a dog and when is it better to leave it alone? In a playful manner, you explain the most important rules for dealing with dogs. You let the children practice stroking, brushing and giving treats. Afterwards, everyone receives a Snuffle diploma and a workbook with games and information for parents.

Job skills and qualities

  • You interact well with children and have fun doing so.

  • You have sound knowledge of dog behaviour.

  • You are available at least 9 half-days a year during school hours.

  • You are representative of the association and support our goals.

  • You have your own transport to visit schools with your dog.

  • You are willing to approach schools in your area yourself.

What do we expect from your dog:

  • He is a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of 8 years old.

  • He has attended a basic course at a dog school (this is not the puppy course, but the obedience training that follows).

  • He is covered by the owner's liability insurance policy (AVP).

  • He is stress-resistant and enjoys dealing with children.

Extra information


Job information

Job type Volunteer Work
Services WA insurance, training, expense allowance
Duration indefinite
Hours per week at least 1 hour, max 4 hours
Work hours of your own choosing? Yes
Location In your own environment

Organisation address and information

Koningin Sophia-Vereeniging tot Bescherming van Dieren
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 153
1012 RK Amsterdam