Primarily responsible for working under a Trainer and Junior Trainer with a group of dogs in advanced training. Must work with the team to have each dog under their supervision ready for placement in the dog’s assigned class.
Exercising the dogs in advanced training and getting them ready for the day (feeding and grooming). Give baths as needed. Putting the dogs away at the end of the day. Assisting the Trainer throughout the day with basic care of the dogs in training.
Assessing each dog in their group on a daily basis for continued suitability as a service dog. Keeping reports of any behaviors which might impede their ability to do their job and discussing these with the assigned supervisor for their class.
Assessing the health and wellbeing of the dogs in their group, on a daily basis, paying careful attention to the dog’s weight which may decrease with the increased activity of advanced training.
Continuing to socialize each dog in their group. Socialization will have been started from birth and work in public should be maintained during advanced training.
Assist the Junior Trainer and Trainer assigned to your group with training tasks that require two people to accomplish. Assist with Solidifying the basic core service dog obedience tasks each and every service dog should have.
Attend and participate in all scheduled meetings.
Education and Experience:
Minimum of a high school diploma
Ability to work independently, in a timely manner, and able to perform under pressure.
Microsoft Office and Google Docs.
Ability to take direction and show initiative.
Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
Ability to problem solve in high stress situations.
Ability to learn to train dogs at the basic and advanced obedience levels.
Ability to perform strenuous physical work such as lifting dogs and cleaning/sanitizing kennels.
Whelping: All upper level staff are required to learn how to whelp puppies. Sign up is done on a monthly schedule. New staff sign up as secondary’s to whelp under and experienced staff member and will continue as a
Must be proficient in basic and advanced obedience training as well as generalized service dog skills such as under, place, and behavioral interruption commands.
The TA will be evaluated after 9 - 12 months and may advance to Junior Trainer if the skill set needed to do so is obtained and the TA shows an aptitude for dog training. If the TA is not demonstrating appropriate skills, they can be reevaluated for advancement every 6 months. Advancement is based on performance and availability of positions.