Career Opportunities with AOCB
Want to work in fast paced environment with the leading Behaviorists in the country? More than just a job, working at AOCB gives you the unique opportunity to have first hand experience with over 200 breeds of dogs and to learn from the best Behaviorists in the country.
The Academy of Canine Behavior accepts applications year round for all of our positions. Qualified applicants will be notified when we have openings available. Thank you for your interest in working at the Academy of Canine Behavior!
To join the team at AOCB, please read the job description thoroughly then fill out the Application form and email to [email protected].
You can also snail mail your application to P.O. Box 1409 Bothell, WA 98041 or deliver it in person to 4705 240th Street S.E. Bothell, WA 98021
Care of animals
Kennel techs are responsible for the overall care of all dogs and cats boarded at AOCB. This includes, but is not limited to, cleaning runs, feeding, watering, medicating and rotating dogs in and out of their runs. Paying close attention to the animals’ physical and mental health is important. Kennel techs are to make sure the animals’ stay is as comfortable and relaxing as we can make it.
Upkeep of building and grounds
Kennel techs take some part in the upkeep of the buildings and grounds for AOCB. They need to ensure that the kennels and runs are clean, the exercise yards scooped, and that the public areas are kept scooped as well. They should also notify their manager or the maintenance manager of any repairs or upkeep that need to be done.
Interaction with public
Kennel techs interact with the public whenever a dog is checked in or checked out of the facility for boarding or training. They also will interact with public when letting cats in or out of the cattery. It is important that they keep a professional demeanor with clients and that they are presentable to clients by wearing a smock or some other appropriate gear.
Interact with client dogs
Daycare employees are responsible for entertaining and taking care of client dogs. This includes playing with them, supervising the dogs and ensuring that all dogs are getting along. Separate dogs that are not getting along and place them in time outs. Introduce new dogs into the pack and note who gets along and who doesn’t. Keep an eye on dogs at all times. Willingness to learn about dog behavior is a must.
Interact with Clients
Help with checking dogs in and out of the daycare and note any special requests by owners. Interact with clients to let them know if there have been any issues at daycare with their dog. Ensure that payments are collected from clients that have used up their packages or do not have one.
Care of day care facilities
Keep the grounds of the daycare clean and free of dog waste. Clean and bleach any areas outside that can be such as the gravel areas. Ensure garbage is collected and dumped each day. Clean floors in daycare building. Dust plants and pictures and wipe down walls that are dirty. Report any maintenance issues to the daycare manager or to the maintenance manager.
Responsible for front line interaction with clients. Answers the phone, makes reservations, answer questions about the services that we offer. Work with clients checking dogs in and out to ensure we have all the correct information, all items that come in are marked correctly and all questions are answered in a polite and thorough manner. Take messages as needed for staff.
Ensure that the hand out bins in the front office and evaluation room are refilled as needed. Help other staff with projects as needed. Ensure that office supplies are kept in stock and that the till is current before leaving each night. Ensure that the deposits make it to the bank and the mail gets delivered to, and picked up from, the post office. Make popcorn for the front office.
When there is time, ensure that the front counter is cleaned and glass free of fingerprints. Dust the shelves in the front office and clean the glass doors if needed. Vacuum the front office rugs as needed when hairy dogs come in or go home.
The Apprentice Program is a 20-hour per week, 14-week volunteer opportunity to learn more about dog training and behavior via observation of, and personalized tutoring from, the experienced behaviorists and training staff of the Academy of Canine Behavior.
The Academy looks at all Apprentice Program applicants as they would look at all future employees. Good communication skills, a strong desire to learn, ability to function well in a busy environment, initiative, and ingenuity are all important.
Hands on learning with a wide variety of dogs
A thorough foundation in behavior is vital when entering the world of dogs, whether your interest is in training the family pet or something more specialized. Careers range from training dogs to assisting the disabled, to police work, narcotics detection, show dog handling, field training, herding, competition obedience, protection training, agility, and much more. In each of these disciplines, understanding dog behavior increases your opportunity for true success.
The Apprentice Program gives you a hands-on opportunity to apply the dog behavior information you learn. Since we train dogs of all ages, breeds, temperaments, and problems, this could be a first step toward deciding if a career in dog training is for you. Others who benefit from the Apprentice Program include shelter personnel, pre-veterinarian students, veterinary technicians and assistants, groomers, and any pet owners with a desire to know more.
Potential to move into Full-Time Training
The program allows us to screen for potential trainers. The occasional openings for trainers that occur are first filled from the very best of our current or former apprentices. If your goal is to make a living training dogs and to learn from the very best, the Apprenticeship program is a good way to help us recognize your potential.
Note: Please fill out the Apprenticeship Application even if you feel you have the experience needed to go right into a full-time Training position.
Train dogs as assigned
Work with dogs in all stages of learning and varying temperaments. Trainers are expected to be creative when they are working with difficult dogs and be able to work with other trainers on staff to come up with solutions on dogs that are not learning with traditional methods. Trainers are expected to ensure the dogs they are working are at the level they should be for the amount of time they have been here or to come up with a corrective action plan to get the dog where it needs to be.
Train owners on working with their dogs
Trainers must be able to interact with customers on a one on one basis. They must be able to show the owners what their dogs know as well as how to work with their dogs. They must be able to work with all ages and levels of experience in owners in a professional manner. They need to be able to get the dog and owner to work as a team
Care of Primary Care dogs
Trainers are assigned primary care dogs. They must keep an eye on the dogs and regularly get the dogs weight, brush them out, clip nails, etc to keep them physically fit. They need to keep tabs on their training to make sure it is progressing regularly.
Additionally, they need to make initial contact with the owners within a day of the dog coming in and then to keep in contact with the owner as needed throughout the dogs stay.
Assistance to rest of facility
Cover the office when needed during lunch time. Answer phones during lunch and off lunch when possible and the front is busy. Help check dogs in and out. Answer questions about training and our Board and Train program over the phone and in person. Let office know when forms are getting low or make copies if they have time. Assist kennel with difficult dogs during the day (bathing, moving, coming in, going home, feeding). Work with kennel on training dogs to ensure that everything is going smoothly.
Our Senior Trainer title is reserved for those Trainers who have proven themselves as capable of dealing with any behavior issue presented to them. They have been working as a Trainer with us for at least 2 years and are able to work with those dogs labeled as “Dangerous” or “Potentially Dangerous” by the State.
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