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If considering a job in this field I think its best to have a therapy background or a caring background. Be prepared to work hard, it takes alot of effort to help create the perfect environment for others to relax in. Work well with others and help your collegues it makes for a friendly workplace and you never know when you will need their assistance. An interest in sales and marketing would also be avantageous, as you must be competitive with other spa's offerings.
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Kennel Worker

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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Kennel workers look after dogs and keep their living area clean. Enclosed runs must be swept, hosed and disinfected daily, and dogs bathed and groomed.


The Work header image

Kennel workers care for dogs in various kinds of residential boarding and breeding establishments.  
 
They clean, sweep, hose down and disinfect the dogs' living areas every day. They also feed the animals and make sure they have fresh water. Feeding may involve some preparation, particularly for dogs with special diets. Feeding bowls are washed after use.  
 
Kennel workers make sure dogs in their care have regular exercise. They either take them for walks or let them out into enclosed runs. Experienced workers check the dogs' health and condition and may treat minor ailments.  
 
Depending on the kennel, the work may include other duties such as grooming or dog training. There may be clerical duties, for example keeping a record of bookings and taking payments.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Feed and water animals according to schedules and feeding instructions.

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Mix food, liquid formulas, medications, or food supplements according to instructions, prescriptions, and knowledge of animal species.

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Examine and observe animals to detect signs of illness, disease, or injury.

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Provide treatment to sick or injured animals, or contact veterinarians to secure treatment.

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Do facility laundry and clean, organize, maintain, and disinfect animal quarters, such as pens and stables, and equipment, such as saddles and bridles.

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Perform animal grooming duties such as washing, brushing, clipping, and trimming coats, cutting nails, and cleaning ears.

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Answer telephones and schedule appointments.

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Respond to questions from patrons, and provide information about animals, such as behavior, habitat, breeding habits, or facility activities.

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Order, unload, and store feed and supplies.

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Collect and record animal information such as weight, size, physical condition, treatments received, medications given, and food intake.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

This job requires physical fitness and good health. You must like dogs and be able to handle them gently and patiently. You need to be responsible and ready to note any changes in each dog's condition.  
 
Kennel workers must also be prepared to carry out dirty and sometimes unpleasant tasks without being squeamish. Kennels can often be noisy and smelly places.  
 
This type of work may be unsuitable if you have skin allergies, due to the chemicals involved washing dogs and disinfecting living quarters.


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Organisation: Irish Professional Dog Grooming Association
  Address: 119 Ballyboden Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
  Tel: (01) 493 2792
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Organisation: Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  Address: National Animal Centre, Derrylogher Lodge, Keenagh, Co. Longford
  Tel: (043) 3325035
  Email: Click here
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