Kennel Hand Work Experience 

Gillbryan Golden Retrievers is a top show kennel that has been breeding and showing top quality show and pet Golden Retrievers for more than 50 years.  You can find our dogs winning in many shows across Europe, Australia and the rest of the world.  We strive for breed quality, health and exceptional temperaments meaning many pet owners return to us for a new puppy when their first or even second dog is enjoying its older years.

We have been very successful with previous work experience placements, and believe that we give a wonderful opportunity to learn about breeding, grooming, showing and all day to day activities involved with a busy show kennel.

Our work experience placements live within our family home, sharing meal times and our living space, but have their own private facilities including private bathroom and internet access.  Previous placements have been between 6 months to 1 year and we feel that this gives a really good opportunity to learn a substantial amount about the well being, health and development of pedigree dogs.  Day to day activities include feeding, cleaning and exercising Golden Retrievers, learning about all aspects of stud work, breeding and showing. Occasionally, you will be required to help with the whelping and rearing of puppies.

Applicants should have a mature attitude, be able to work responsibly, be highly trustworthy and have plenty of common sense. Experience of working with animals is needed and any experience of working in a similar kennel environment would be advantageous.

We are located in the Scottish borders, in a very rural setting on an edge of a forest, therefore this position would suit a country loving person who enjoys the peace and tranquility of country life and seeing plenty of wildlife. Carlisle is our nearest town and is approx 30 – 40 minutes by car, there is a small village 15 minutes away but only countryside for miles around.

If you would like to know more, I’m happy to answer any questions either on email gilly@gillbryan.co.uk or call me on +44 (0)1228 577440.  Contact with some of our previous work experience placements can be arranged, if requested.