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Careers At When Hounds Fly

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:

  • Full-time, salaried employment with a Health and Wellness Spending Account and annual paid leave.
  • 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, such as ClickerExpo, or programs like the KPA Dog Trainer Professional certification
  • Company-wide weekly, monthly, and quarterly mentoring and skills development activities to increase your knowledge
  • 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, Pape Village, or Queen West locations
  • Delivering Private 1-on-1 lessons at our facility, at the client’s homes (outdoors, not inside during the Covid-19 pandemic), or via webconference
  • 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, dexterous, 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 careers@whenhoundsfly.com 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)

About When Hounds Fly

Since 2010, over 12000 dogs (and their families!) have taken dog training classes with us. We are proud to offer the highest quality instruction and classroom experience for Toronto dog owners that want the very best for their pups. Our mission is to strengthen relationships between pet dogs and their owners by providing outstanding owner-education on humane training and behaviour modification techniques.

One of our core values is to Welcome Diversity, and we welcome all people to be their authentic selves both in our classroom and on our team. This includes, but is not limited to, welcoming people of all age, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, race, or place of origin.