This position’s primary focus is to improve the lives of both dogs and their humans through training and building better communication systems. The ideal candidate will not only help dog owners train their dogs, but they will also motivate and inspire dog owners to get active, and have fun with their dogs too. Coaches will take full responsibility and ownership of the client’s success to ensure that the lessons that are taught are well understood, and properly implemented, and that any roadblocks are addresses with kindness and compassion.
This isn't just a dog training position. Coaches are responsible for training both ends of the leash!
No dog training experience required.
This position will begin as a 3 month internship (10-15 hours per week). Interns will shadow our trainers, to learn our philosophy. They will assist in kennel duties, cleaning, and will be responsible for hands on training of dogs.
Upon completion of the internship, there is opportunity for a full time position.
Applicants must be local to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State or willing to relocate.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Work closely with our training team to ensure each client’s success
- Create a training plan for each dog and owner team and set realistic and achievable goals
- Help dog owners better understand their dog, and develop good training and communication skills designed to help them achieve their goals
- Motivate dog owners to work with their dog daily, check in regularly, and help them overcome roadblocks
- Assist in online course development (yep, you’ll appear in our online courses too!)
- Take dogs into your home for board and train (optional) so that they receive around the clock training and supervision (2 maximum)
Skills and Abilities
- Exceptional customer service with at least 2 years experience in a customer service role
- Passionate about helping dogs and their people live their best lives, and be their best selves
- Quick learner
- Impeccable grammar (written and verbal)
- Excellent problem solving skills - ability to think critically
- Passionate about dogs, and about helping dog owners give their dogs the best possible life
- Resourceful - use all available resources to complete a task with minimal questions
Please email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Dog Coach application
- Cover letter and PDF of your resume
- Myers-Briggs Personality Type
- A 3-minute video introduction (We will not review videos longer than 3 minutes)
- Answer the following questions:
- In 3 sentences or less, explain why you want to be a dog coach at the Collared Scholar.
- How do you feel about training tools like electronic collars or other training collars (if you have no experience or opinion of them, it’s no big deal - just let us know that!)
- How would you respond to the following client requests?
- Your client tells you: “I didn’t practice as much as I should have. Work was busy, and I didn’t get around to it. This week, I hope things will slow down and I’ll be able to follow through.”
- Your client tells you: “My family is just not on board with training. My husband just gets the dog riled up, and refuses to reinforce the work that I’m doing. It feels very defeating.”
- Your client tells you: “I’m frustrated. I can’t even walk my dog without her dragging me down the street. I’ve tried everything!”