Internship for service dog trainer

 

Love dogs? Want to learn to work with them under the advisement of one of the nation’s top dog psychology behavior trainers? We may have the opportunity you have been looking for! Previous dog experience is not required but a good attitude, communication skills, open mind and flexible schedule is. In addition to learning to train client dogs with behavioral problems, once an expected level of skill is acquired, you will have the opportunity to train service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD. The position has opportunities for advancement from intern to kennel tech, kennel tech to trainer, trainer to senior trainer.

If you are interested in applying, please download and complete this application.

INTERNSHIP
Incumbent will learn and assist in a variety of steps using our methodology and philosophy of training service dogs. This position will enhance the knowledge and unique skills it takes to custom train a service dog for each individual veteran’s psychological and physical injuries as a result of their service. Will learn how to understand housebreaking and train puppies for basic obedience.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Assisting and learning all kennel technician responsibilities
  • Assisting Trainers/Senior Trainers/Training Director with service dog training in order to gain skills.    
  • Taking dogs home for training (as directed)
  • Learning to effectively and professionally communicate training concepts to the veterans
  • Begin learning about topics such as PTSD/TBI/anxiety, and how to work with dogs to assist with these unique needs

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must report to work on time
  • Maintain a well-groomed and professional appearance
  • Must have a reliable source of transportation
  • Maintain a flexible schedule – be available weekends and holidays
  • Must work well as part of a team and in a team environment, yet able to work efficiently while independent
  • Good oral communication. Able to effectively and professionally communicate with other staff members and veterans regarding variety of topics including, but not limited to: the well-being of dogs in our care (physical and emotional), important information regarding the facility, able to relay and communicate information from veteran to other team members (and vice-versa), etc.
  • Frequently walk, kneel, lift up to 50 pounds, crouch, and other physical demands
  • Ability to make good decisions quickly
  • Able to bring dogs into home for training
KENNEL TECH: 

Responsible for the general upkeep of any service dog at the facility, and for the cleaning and maintenance of the facility.  Incumbent must be able to connect with service dogs, other team members, Board members, and veterans.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Feed service dogs at facility (as required) and insure they have clean, fresh water
  • Take service dogs out for bathroom breaks, if requested
  • Bathe and groom service dogs, if requested
  • Maintain the facility as a whole by performing tasks including, but are not limited to: deep cleaning kennels on a regular basis, sweeping floor, disinfecting and wiping down surfaces, taking out trash, cleaning bathrooms, checking equipment and supplies, poop clean-up, etc.
  • Exercise service dogs, if requested
  • Adhere to all workplace standards and policies as outlined in the TAV Employee Handbook

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must report to work on time
  • Maintain a well-groomed and professional appearance
  • Must have a reliable source of transportation
  • Maintain a flexible schedule – be available weekends and holidays
  • Must work well as part of a team and in a team environment, yet able to work efficiently while independent
  • Good oral communication. Able to effectively and professionally communicate with other staff members and veterans regarding variety of topics including, but not limited to: the well-being of dogs in our care (physical and emotional), important information regarding the facility, able to relay and communicate information from veteran to other team members (and vise-versa), etc.
  • Frequently walk, kneel, lift up to 50 pounds, crouch, and other physical demands
  • A love for working with dogs and their veteran
  • Ability to make good decisions quickly
If you are interested in applying, please download and complete this application
3 Comments
  • Phillip Trammel |

    I have placed my application for the service dog training. I have trained many dogs through the years and value the service dog, as my blind uncle has benefited from this. My wife and friends have called me “the dog whisperer” in the past but, I feel passionate about helping people and I cannot think of a more appropriate population than our veterans. I have worked with intellectually disabled and behavior health population as a certified direct service provider and loved the opportunity to help, as well as, deeply cared for the population I served. This opportunity seems to be an exciting and rewarding blend of my talents and passions. I would greatly enjoy the opportunity to learn about this field.

  • DREAM job….could someone email me more details!!!!! Please

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