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!

BASIC INFORMATION

Volunteer Position

Apprentice Trainer

Reports to

Good Dog's Lead Trainer

Time Commitment

Approximately 16 months

We are currently accepting applications for Fall/Winter 2020

Location

Remote in the U.S.

BENEFITS, DUTIES & REQUIREMENTS

Benefits

  • Acquire skills, knowledge and experience needed to be a full 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 Lead Trainer

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

  • Reporting: attend weekly calls with our Lead Trainer, submit videos of progress and fill out a training log

Requirements

  • Previous professional dog training experience, a 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

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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