The Full Time Dog Trainer works closely with the Director of Training and Behavior, the Pet Retention and Community Outreach departments,and Shelter Managers to provide training and related services to sheltered animals, adopters, pet guardians, other shelters, and the community. The Dog Trainer teaches St. Hubert’s training courses for dogs and their guardians at regularly scheduled times at the Training and Behavior Center, and conducts individual sessions to address specific behavior issues to clients seeking assistance with same.
The position is based out of the Madison campus of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, which is nestled between Loantaka Reservation and Giralda Farms, both of which have beautiful walking trails. The position will require travel between the various St. Hubert’s locations and requires time off campus providing services to underserved communities. This includes, but is not limited to, participating in community outreach events and assisting with development and presentation of services such as community dog training programs.
Reports to: Meg Byrne, CPDT-KA, Director of Training and Behavior
- Teaches pet training classes in accordance with St. Hubert’s methods and curriculum and substitutes for absent instructors as needed.
- Conducts private behavior consultations for guardians seeking to change or manage undesirable behaviors, and maintain accurate history sheets, records, and reports.
- Conducts adopter support sessions for newly adopted dogs and their guardians, assisting them with their pets’ transition into their new families.
- Works closely with Pet Retention team, especially through St. Hubert’s Pet Helpline,to enhance services to pet guardians and the community, providing phone consults and participating in related community efforts and events.
- Assists with the development and presentation of special programs and courses offered at St. Hubert’s, in addition to programs designed to assist other shelters and aid in pet retention programs via St. Hubert’s community outreach efforts.
- Works with Shelter Managers and Behavior Lead(s) to track dogs receiving behavior modification, and communicates with adopters of dogs receiving behavior modification treatments in order to maintain records and assist with success of protocols and placements.
- Provides assistance and support to staff at other organizations, both on-site and at other shelters, toward a shared goal of recognizing and utilizing behavior modification protocols to improve behavior and increase adoptability.
- Conducts certification evaluations of human/animal teams for St. Hubert’s pet therapy program.
- Fosters a positive relationship with other trainers to build support and participation in shelter and community outreach efforts.
- Performs other duties as requested.
Qualifications and Physical Demands:
- Solid knowledge of reward-based training methods
- Excellent dog handling skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to effectively manage classroom environment with diversified attendees
- Knowledge of general animal shelter operations
- Ability to work a flexible schedule to accommodate pet guardian and community needs, including evenings and weekends
- CPDT-KA certification or ongoing effort to achieve same (comparable certification may be accepted at the discretion of the Director)
- Must be able to lift 25lbs