Careers at When Hounds Fly

When Hounds Fly Instructors at ClickerExpo 2019

Since 2010, over 9000 dogs (and their owners!) have taken lessons with our team of talented trainers. Today, we have two dedicated facilities in Toronto, a team of seven talented and certified instructors, a keen group of volunteers, and run over 40 hours of group classes per week. We are recommended by veterinarians, dog walkers, and other industry professionals, and thanks to the success of our alumni and their referrals, are growing rapidly.


Positions Available:

Dog Training Instructor



Dog Training Instructor

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Are you an expert at clicker training? Perhaps you have graduated from organizations such as the Karen Pryor Academy, Pat Miller Academy, or Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers?

Does the thought of getting on front of an audience to talk about your passion – clicker training – excite you? Do you have the ability to captivate an audience, entertain them, and motivate them to work hard?

If so, please read on!

We are looking for an experienced professional to join our team as a Dog Training Instructor.

What we offer:

  • A career where you get to work with pet dog owners who are excited and eager to learn how to clicker train
  • The ability to focus on the teaching and coaching aspects of dog training (instead of having to worry about marketing, operations, and financial management)
  • A continuing education budget to attend seminars and workshops each year
  • A supportive environment where like-minded clicker trainers work together to create awesome experiences for our students


Responsibilities Include:

  • Teaching Puppy Socialization and Foundation Skills group classes out of our Dundas West and/or Pape Village locations
  • Visiting our clients in their homes for private 1 on 1 lessons
  • Running New Student Orientations to introduce our newest clients to the principles behind clicker training
  • Responding to client inquiries via email and periodically phone in a timely manner
  • Mentoring and coaching our team of volunteers to help them enhance their skills
  • Identifying opportunities to enhance all aspects of our operations – teaching, curriculum, marketing, internal processes, and training techniques
  • Investing in continuing education by reading books, watching DVDs and webinars, and attending training conferences
  • Working service industry hours – We work weekday evenings and weekend mornings/afternoons.


All Candidates Should Have:

  • 1-2 years experience working as a dog training instructor working with pet dog owners
  • 3+ years experience clicker training their own dog(s)
  • Completed coursework, workshops, and seminars, with a heavy emphasis on clicker training
  • Post Secondary education consisting of a college diploma or degree
  • The ability to lift 50 lbs, or generally be strong, dextrous, and coordinated enough to restrain or time-out a large puppy during Puppy Socialization class playtime, or catch and hold a runaway Great Dane going to visit another dog in Foundation Skills class.


Ideal Candidates Have:

  • Certifications from the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA CTP), Pat Miller Academy, or Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers
  • Testing certifications such as CDPT-KA
  • 3+ years experience working as a dog training instructor, either self-employed or as an employee of a reputable force-free dog training company
  • Extensive experience presenting and teaching to groups and audiences
  • Practical and theoretical knowledge on behaviour modification for fear, anxiety, and aggression issues (Leash reactivity, Separation Anxiety, Resource Guarding, etc.) and have case study examples of successful outcomes with their own dogs, or clients’ dogs
  • Have extensive CEUs from attending events such as ClickerExpo, APDT Annual Education Conference, etc.
  • Titled their own dogs in dog sports such as Agility, Rally Obedience, etc.


How to Apply

Please email with the following:

  • Your resume
  • Indicate your preference for Full Time or Part Time work
    • If Part Time, please indicate your availability and # of hours per week you are interested in
  • Your salary or wage expectations
  • Your training portfolio (videos of you clicker training at your best)