JOB SERVICES

Work Adjustment Training

This program is for those whose disabilities limit them from obtaining competitive employment. It typically includes goal directed services focusing on improving problem areas such as attendance, punctuality, dress and hygiene, work stamina, and interpersonal relationships with co-workers and supervisors. Services can continue until objectives are met or until there has been noted progress. It may include practical work experience. WAT Groups available.

Prevocational Training

Soul Dogs, Inc. provides vocational services for individuals wishing to work in the animal services industry. Many individuals love animals and wish to work in the animal industry but do not have the skills necessary. Soul Dogs, Inc. prepares participants for paid community employment in the animal services field. Our services include teaching such concepts as compliance, attendance, task completion, problem solving, and safety that are associated with performing compensated work. The animal services field is a competitive field and Soul Dogs, Inc. teaches Dog Walking skills, Dog Grooming Assistant skills, Dog Training Assistant skills, Kennel skills, Doggie Daycare Assistant skills, etc. with certificates of completion the individual may take to a potential employer. We utilize on-line classes moderated by the pre-vocational staff for the educational piece which is completed at our base site. Prevocational Training Groups available.

Job Development, Placement, and Coaching

Soul Dogs, Inc. provides job training services for individuals wishing to work in the animal services industry. Many individuals love animals and wish to work in the animal industry but do not have the skills necessary. Soul Dogs, Inc. prepares participants for paid community employment in the animal services field. 

Our services include teaching such concepts as compliance, attendance, task completion, problem solving, and safety that are associated with performing compensated work. The animal services field is a competitive field and Soul Dogs, Inc. teaches Dog Walking skills, Dog Grooming Assistant skills, Dog Training Assistant skills, Kennel skills, Doggie Daycare Assistant skills, etc. with certificates of completion the individual may take to a potential employer. We utilize on-line classes moderated by the job training staff for the educational piece which is completed at our base site. 

Soul Dogs, Inc. is invested in providing intensive, ongoing supports that enable participants, for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely absent the provision of supports, and who, because of their disabilities, need supports, to perform in a regular work setting. 

Soul Dogs, Inc. is focused on animal services; therefore, any individuals we accept want to work in animal services, either as a dog trainer (see train the trainer program), kennel work, pet stores, dog walking, etc. All settings include non-disabled individuals as well with whom Soul Dogs’ participants interact on a daily basis. 

Job services include:

  • preparation for job development, 
  • assisting the participant locate a job or job development on behalf of the participant, 
  • job coaching, supervision and training. Our job coaches will determine with the supervisor how many hours of on-the-job training and/or supervision needed for each individual. The job coaches will accompany the individual to the job sites for as long as the individual needs the support- initially intensive support and then step down to eventually (for some) weekly or monthly support.

Jobs may include:

  • kennel maintenance/kennel care
  • assistant to kennel manager
  • assistant in veterinary clinic
  • walking dogs for veterinary clinic, humane society, rescues
  • assistant in doggie day care
  • customer service in pet store
  • bather for dog groomer
  • assistant in a boarding facility

Soul Dogs, Inc. will be opening a kennel and service dog breeding/training program off base within this year and will employ numerous individuals in jobs such as those above.

Soul Dogs, Inc. also will be opening a dog walking service to the community (mobile crews) and a poop-scooping service to the community (mobile crews). These jobs provide group employment opportunities for those who are not interested or able to participate in area businesses. Job services staff will take crews of three to client homes to get the dogs to walk and/or poop scoop; individuals will be supervised in these positions to ensure the safety of the individuals and the animals. All individuals will receive training and certification prior to engaging in these activities.

All participants are required to apply for services through the Division for Vocational Rehabilitation. Supported employment does not take the place of nor is it duplicative of services received through the Division for Vocational Rehabilitation. Documentation is maintained in the file of each participant receiving this service that the service is not available under a program funded under section 110 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 USC 1401 et seq.).

Step 1

Intake and Assessment Activities

Step 2

Professional and Job Development

Step 3

Job Placement and Supported Employment


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