Dog Training Facility Assistant

Full-Time Position (33 hours) Available - posted 12/11/2017

Spring Forth Dog Academy in Providence is looking for a highly motivated, upbeat person to work in our dog training facility.

Mondays 1-6:30PM
Tuesdays 9AM-3PM
Wednesdays 1-6:30PM
Thursdays 10AM-4PM
Fridays 9AM-2PM

We are a dog training facility with a unique Day School program that combines daycare and training for dogs and puppies. We also offer high quality food and other retail products for our customers. Our other services include group dog training classes, private dog training lessons, seminars, and other events.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable in a group of dogs of all shapes and sizes and breeds. Customer service AND animal handling experience strongly preferred. Candidates must be either certified in Pet First-Aid or able to become certified within 1 month. Able to lift 30lbs. Comfortable with picking up body waste (urine, feces, vomit) and giving basic grooming (nail trims, brushing).

There is more than just playing with puppies here. 90%+ of this position involves cleaning. We're looking for someone who will happily do what is asked, and do what is not asked (find and solve problems, ask questions, etc).

Primary tasks are:

Cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning

Taking photos/video of dog training sessions using a provided tablet or smartphone

Occasional front desk duties: calling veterinarians for health records, scanning documents, pricing retail orders, counting inventory

Setting up the facility for group classes and special events

Supervising groups of 3-10 dogs playing off leash

Meal/treat preparation including measuring dog food and chopping dog treats.

Full-time employees will learn to practice basic dog training exercises as directed by training staff.

In your cover letter, you must include:

Your paid animal handling experience (pet sitting, dog walking, kennel tech, vet tech), if any

A copy of your resume

Your availability, and if you are looking for PART TIME or FULL TIME employment

As the first line of your cover letter, "I have read this job description in its entirety and am ready to work!"

Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to Katherine at

Location: Providence, RI
Compensation: starts at $10.75/hour (or higher depending on experience) with $0.75 raise at 90 days, regular raises as skills progress, & bonuses
Please DO NOT call or visit in regards to this position. Questions may be e-mailed to us by visiting the Contact Us page on our website. Thank you.

Professional Dog Trainer

Full Time or Part Time Position Available

(updated 12/11/2017)

Spring Forth Dog Academy is a dog training studio located in the historic Jewelry District of Providence, RI. We are growing and are eager to add a new trainer to our team!

At this time, we are looking for a trainer to teach, at a minimum, during 2 of these time periods each week: Tuesday evenings, Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons, and/or Sundays. This person would need to teach at least one of our Flex Classes (with our curriculum). Other time slots could be used for private lessons, more classes taught with our curriculum, or the instructor’s own group training classes.

The person hired for this position would also have the following opportunities available if she/he was interested:

  • Private training lessons at clients' homes or at our Academy (variable hours/days per week)
  • Behavior consulting cases (variable hours/days per week)

At this time, we are referring out 2-5 inquiries each week to in-home trainers and behavior specialists. We are confident that we could keep a qualified trainer quite busy with work!

Candidates must have at least ONE of the following:

  • KPA CTP certification
  • CATCH CCDT certification
  • CPDT-KA certification
  • 2+ years experience teaching group training classes (employer & client references required)

The ideal candidate for this position would have...

  • Certification from a well-recognized positive dog training program (KPA, Peaceable Paws, Jean Donaldson's Academy, etc.) and/or a CCPDT-issued certification
  • 2+ years experience teaching group training classes
  • 1+ year experience teaching private training lessons
  • 1+ year experience working with behavior cases (aggression, separation anxiety, fear, etc.)
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills
  • Experience closing sales of dog training programs
  • A commitment to continuing education
  • A strong desire to be part of a team committed to personal and professional excellence. We strive to be great dog trainers, great dog owners, and great people!

The business owner is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and all training that takes place at our business follows the KPA code of conduct. Candidates must be committed to following this code and operate under a LIMA (least invasive, minimally aversive) framework with clients and dogs at all times.

Pay is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and could be salary, hourly, or hourly + commission.

Resumes & an introductory e-mail should be addressed to Katherine at



Spring Forth Dog Academy
14 Bassett St.
Providence, RI 02903

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