Friday, May 13, 2016

We're Hiring

Join our team! Tails-A-Wagging is looking to add a dog trainer to our great staff
Tails-A-Wagging Doggie Day Care and Canine Training Center is hiring.

Founded in 1997, we are the largest doggie day care and pet dog training facility in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We are a 100% reward based, positive approach, dog friendly training center with evidence based outcomes. Our goal is not only share the benefits of reward based training in our community, but to strive to make all dogs lives better. We have been recognized as the best doggie day care and training center in our area for many years and are the #1 referred training center for all local veterinarians, groomers, pet care facilities and shelter/rescue groups.
Our facility is over 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space, with a 2500 sq ft. heated/air-conditioned training room. Our current class offerings include: puppy pre school, puppy kindergarten, basic manners, advanced dog manners, reactive dog classes, tricks classes, agility, treibball, WAG IT games, and workshops.

We also offer a multitude of behavior seminars to educate clients and the community. In addition to our classes, we also offer private sessions, behavior consultations, doggie day care, and free puppy play classes.

An ideal candidate for our team will have:

Experience where she/he has taught group classes/private sessions as a lead instructor
Completed a program at a dog training school and/or apprenticed under an experienced trainer
We are open to candidates with CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CDBC (or be working towards a comparable professional credential) but this is not required with appropriate experience

Experience providing assessments and providing follow up training with behavior issues such as separation anxiety, resource guarding, dog-dog reactivity, and dog-people reactivity
The ability to work well without supervision and constant direction; however also able to switch gears and work well as a team
Extreme comfort/knowledge with dog play styles and body language
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Creativity and problem solving skills

Assist in behavior consults, follow-up training and behavior clinics
Evaluate dogs for play groups
Behavioral evaluations for our rescue partners
Willingness to teach and assist in curriculum development for pet dog group classes
Eagerness to learn more through self study and continuing education - Proficiency using a computer and have access to a laptop Requirements: - Available to teach classes 2 to 6 hours a weeks (typically weekends or week nights)
Available for in home private training sessions in client homes
Willing to be a Tails-A-Wagging ambassador and help with marketing events (such as local dog festivals 1 to 3 times a year)

Recognize that being employed as a dog trainer requires other admin responsibilities outside of teaching a class/private session. Example: phone/email follow up, record keeping, curriculum/lesson plan development, etc -
A true team player who understands and works well within a diverse team and changing environment.
A strong sense of initiative and ability to work independently 

3+ years group class instruction experience
2 + years private lessons experience
Proficiency with a variety of positive training methodologies (clicker, lure and reward, toy training etc) and the flexibility to use whatever reward based methods best meets the needs of our busy clients and their family pets, including the use of humane training tools.
Critical thinking skills and a commitment to a scientific approach to training

Must be professional, flexible, organized, timely, work well under pressure and be an active problem solver
Keep training area clean, organized and tidy (although no janitorial duties in this position, we have a full time staff for cleaning)

Our trainers are paid 55% of all class/lesson fees. In addition, they are paid a monthly medical stipends for health care.
The hours of this position are extremely flexible and can be as little as just a few a week or can be more along 10 hours per week and could even grow into a full time position. We invite you to check out and interested candidates should send their resume to

Name: Angela Lenz, owner and lead trainer Tails-A-Wagging
Phone: 360-733-7387


Required experience:
  • Dog Trainer: 3 years