Before you Arrive – Volunteer Dog Handling Program

Volunteer Dog Handing Program Apprenticeship

Austin Pets Alive! Town Lake Animal Center (TLAC):
1156 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703 (downtown Austin)
**Please note: This address can confuse Google Maps, if so, use “1200 Reserve Road, Austin TX 78703” for the most accurate directions.
Parking locations can be found here.

Recommended To Bring
  • Leash (4-6 ft)
  • Treat pouch
  • Training Treats
  • Clicker
  • Notebook
  • Camera or phone camera
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Hat and sunblock (if you burn easily)
  • Written questions or concerns to make sure all of your questions get answered
  • A great attitude!

Please review the below Prework before you arrive in Austin. These materials are also included in your Maddie’s University course.

Start and End Times

Students should plan to arrive at APA!’s TLAC Facility at 10:00 AM on the first day of their apprenticeship. The daily schedule will vary, and will be communicated to the student on Day 1. Students can expect to be released by 4PM on Day 5 to allow for travel that evening.

Upon arrival, students should report to the Davenport Building on Day 1 and will be met by their instructor, Carrie, the Dog Behavior Program Co-Manager.

What to Wear

Activities will be classroom based, in the shelter and outdoors. Students will spend time working hands-on with dogs and should wear clothes that they are comfortable getting slightly dirty.

We recommend:

  • Close-toed shoes
  • Pants or Jeans
  • Layers
  • We encourage all our students to proudly wear shirts or items from their home shelters!

Texas weather is unpredictable, so it is recommended to check the daily weather forecast prior to your visit. You can learn more about our weather here.