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Become an Apprentice Trainer

”Choose a career you love and you will never work a day in your life.“


At Good Dog! Service Canines, we like to invest in our trainers! We provide dog trainers, who have little to no service dog training experience, with the tools, skills and knowledge necessary to fully train a service dog from puppy to a graduate!


Volunteer Position: Apprentice Trainer

Reports to: Good Dog's Lead Trainer

Time Commitment:   approx. 36 months

Location: Remote in the U.S. Currently (2024), please reside in one of the following states: CA, NV, TX, WA, OR, ID, UT, CO, AZ, NM, TX, or NE in a well populated city.



  • Acquire skills, knowledge and experience needed to be a Good Dog! service dog trainer

  • Become a member of our team where trainers collaborate, give advice and ask questions on all things related to service dog training

  • Work from home with the option of travel

  • Provided with all training supplies and a monthly stipend to cover care & training costs

Duties Include

  • Raise and train a puppy to become a service dog with the oversight of our Dog Trainining Manager

  • Responsible for board and care, training, socializing and de-sensitizing of a puppy

  • Reporting: attend weekly calls with our Dog Training Manager, submit videos of progress and fill out a training log


  • Previous professional dog training experience, an Associates or Bachelor degree from Bergin University of Canine Studies, or experience raising multiple puppies as a puppy raiser with a service or guide dog organization 

  • Must have the time & life set-up to work with the pup everyday & take it with you most places you go

  • Must commit to creating opportunities for the puppy to interact with children

  • Must have regular access to the internet and a video camera

  • Must be comfortable communicating virtually over the phone, email, and video conference

  • Please no dogs under 2 and no children under 6 in the household

  • Please be at current position for 3+ months.  If you plan on starting a new job, please do not apply until after 3 months in that position.  This applies to starting a new educational avenue as well.

  • Currently (2024), please reside in one of the following states: CA, NV, TX, WA, OR, ID, UT, CO, AZ, NM, TX, or NE in a well populated city.

Apprentice trainers that successfully complete the requirements of the Good Dog! Service Canines apprentice trainer program may be selected to become paid trainers with Good Dog! Service Canines. Successfully attending and completing this apprentice trainer program does not signify that the attendee is a service/assistance dog trainer or qualified to train and/or place service/assistance dogs. Assistance Dogs International has specific standards that an individual must meet in order to be an assistance dog trainer – and taking part in this class does not meet these requirements.

Please ONLY apply if you have professional dog training experience, a degree from Bergin University of Canine Studies, or multiple years of experience as puppy raiser for service or guide dogs.

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