Dog Handler
British Army
Andover, Hampshire
37d ago


  • Work in challenging and hostile environments.
  • Work mostly outdoors.
  • Work outside normal hours (looking after animals).
  • Use all your patience and a consistent approach to work successfully with animals.
  • Carry out other military duties.
  • Step 1

    You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.

    You will train at either Pirbright or Winchester, this will last for 14 weeks.

    Step 2

    Trade training happens at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray. It’s a ten-week course that includes an induction week, a Protection Handler and Practical Training Assistant course, Field Skills phase, Veterinary First Aid package and a key skills test week.

    You will finish your trade training with a Class 3 dog handler qualification.


    Age : 17 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

    QUALIFICATIONS : No formal qualifications required; however desire to work outside, with animals and previous kennel or dog handling experience will be looked on favourably.

    FITNESS : Lift 20kg, Carry 60m, 1.5 mile run in 14 min (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

    More information about the fitness test


  • Level 2 / 3 apprenticeship qualifications in Animal Care
  • Specialist Military Working Dogs (MWD) handling qualifications (based on ability and the needs of the Army)

    Learn about rank progression here.


    Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private your pay will rise to £18,859.


    You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private.

    This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-

    free lump sum called a bounty.More about Reserve benefits

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