Apprenticeships with SmartDog Training

Want to join our team?

We are an orga­ni­za­tion of ani­mal lovers that offer dog train­ing ser­vices includ­ing basic class­es, dog sports, pri­vate train­ing and behav­iour con­sult­ing, and facil­i­ty rentals.

We’re look­ing for enthu­si­as­tic peo­ple to learn about dog train­ing and help us run class­es smooth­ly.

Classroom Volunteer Apprentice Trainer

This is a great way to get involved in dog train­ing class­es and learn about work­ing with peo­ple and their dogs. This posi­tion is a part-time com­mit­ment of a few hours a week in the evenings and/or on week­ends; you would need to be able to attend class­es 3–4 hours once or twice a week on Tues­day, Wednes­day or Thurs­day nights, and/or Sat­ur­day morn­ings.

This posi­tion starts off as vol­un­teer — you trade your time help­ing us set up and take down the room, and help­ing with gen­er­al class­room man­age­ment, and we share our exper­tise. Most of our vol­un­teers work their way into paid posi­tions with Smart­Dog.

The suc­cess­ful candidate(s) will:

  • Have excel­lent peo­ple skills
  • Be a learn­ing-ori­ent­ed prob­lem solver and able to func­tion in a some­times hec­tic envi­ron­ment
  • Have good motor skills and coor­di­na­tion
  • Be able to lift and move things like floor mat­ting, tables, chairs, and train­ing equip­ment
  • Have pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence work­ing with dogs; past par­tic­i­pants of our pro­gram and/or online equiv­a­lent learn­ing (karen­pry­or, jean­don­ald­son, fen­zi) is a bonus
  • Be inter­est­ed in work­ing with force-free, reward-based ani­mal train­ing method­olo­gies
  • Teach­ing or peo­ple coach­ing expe­ri­ence pre­ferred

Please send resume and cov­er let­ter to Sher­ry Anton­ishen at