We’re a service dog organization dedicated to saving dogs from the shelter and training them as service dogs for people with disabilities.
We also teach dog owners how to train their own dog to be a service dog.
We have an immediate opening for a full-time or part-time position as a Service Dog Trainer.
Your responsibilities will include:
The caring and training of all the dogs. You will be responsible for training our dogs through their different phases which includes obedience to advanced specialized skills.
Maintaining each dog’s medical, training and evaluation records.
Assisting in all aspects of maintaining the dogs and the facility in good condition, which consists of feeding of the dogs, cleaning the kennels, grooming and providing medication when needed.
Coaching service dog clients and helping them train their own service dog.
Our trainers are responsible for training client-ready service dogs as well as helping the clients learn how to work with the dogs, so good communication skills, patience and the desire to help and make a difference are a must. You’ll need to enjoy working with both dogs and people.
We offer a team environment with learning and certification opportunities along the way. If you have experience training service dogs, that’s great, If you’ve never trained a service dog before, as long as you understand the principles of reward-based training (clicker training), we’ll teach you our methods and protocols.
High School Diploma or GED required
Minimum of 2 years of professional experience working and training dogs through positive reinforcement only.
Understanding of learning theory and behavior modification.
Position requirements. The right candidate must:
Be able to work weekends and holidays
Be comfortable working with people and teaching private and group classes.
Be able to lift 50lbs and standing for extended hours.
Be able to work outside in cold and warm temperatures.
Have patience with both dogs and people.
Have the ability to work with minimum supervision.
Have good communication skills and customer service attitude.
Be able to work in an environment with exposure to disinfectant/sanitation, animal dander, and excretions
Are you thinking of becoming a service dog trainer?
We offer unpaid internship positions to the right candidates. You will be working alongside our trainers and participate in all the operations related to training the dogs. You will participate in training the dogs and will be assisting in maintaining the dogs and the facility in good condition, which includes feeding the dogs, cleaning the kennels, grooming and providing medication when needed.
Must attend a volunteer orientation.
25 hours of volunteering first in order to be eligible. This can be at the facility, transport, adoption, or outreach.
Apply for the internship after the 25 hours have been completed.
A 6-month commitment.
We ask our interns to be at our facility for a minimum of 4 hours per week, 8-12 hours are preferred. Shifts are 8-12 or 2-6 each day.
You must be able to follow directions.
You must be able to lift 50lbs. Working with dogs can be physical.
You must have patience with both dogs and people.
You’ll need to be able to work in an environment with exposure to disinfectant/sanitation, animal dander, and excretions.
This is your opportunity to observe what it takes to train service dogs and find out if this is really what you want to do.