Seeking Dog Trainers


Our clients consider their pets family members, and as such, we depend on everyone to make our guests feel welcome, guide them through the process of leaving their pet with us, answer their questions, address their concerns, and uphold our high standards. Good first and last impressions are one of the easiest ways to ensure that a client returns. Dog Trainer at the Dog School of Minnesota is responsible for the health, safety, and comfort of the animal guests in our facility.

There will be no sales calls. No group classes. A virtual assistant communicates with all prospective clients and monitors Facebook and email. You’ll be provided with a company phone to shoot videos and post them to a private Facebook group for clients. The videos are of the dog, demonstrating the tasks that you are working on with the dog. There are no go-home meetings; our clients are expected to watch the videos on the private Facebook group and mimic the training that you are providing. (Examples can be found on our Facebook page.)

PLEASE NOTE: We are open 6:30am-6:30pm in the Dog School of Minnesota facility in Coon Rapids, MN.

Trainer Responsibilities:

  • Work with dogs on their basic manners and behavioral issues to make them a more compatible family member. We follow the LIMA theory in our training program, rewards always come first.
  • You will be responsible for cleaning up pee, poop, vomit, and other miscellaneous things caused by animals.
  • Lead pack walks inside our facility and outdoor play areas.
  • Use common sense to solve problems as it relates to dogs in our care.
  • Be proactive in making sure dogs are always in a clean and safe environment.
  • Accurately retrieve and dispense food and medication and follow proper cleaning and storing of feeding dishes and medications.
  • Respond to and resolve canine incidents and complete detailed and accurate incident reports.
  • Have basic customer service skills and be able to follow our safety protocols.
  • Must be able to work independently, as well as in a team atmosphere.
  • Responsible, reliable, with a positive, can-do attitude that is excited to learn.
  • Desire to provide the absolute best experience to our animal pets and their owners.
  • If you are addicted to your phone or call in sick frequently this is not the job for you!
  • We pay for performance! If you are a hard worker who takes direction well, are quick on your feet and have initiative to make your job great then this may be the job for you.
  • We love to have fun and take our job of caring for peoples pets seriously. Safety and security are a priority while enjoying all we do.
  • Maintain confidentiality in practices and all aspects of our clients and business.
  • Additional duties as needed.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to move throughout the facility for extended periods of time (up to 6-9 hours per day.)
  • Dogs will jump on you, wrap the leash around your legs, etc. so you must not have any physical limitations or issues that could be aggravated by this type of work.
  • You must be able to work in a loud environment. You must be able to always hear the dogs and other staff members. (You will not be allowed to wear earbuds, headphones, earplugs, or anything that would interfere with your hearing.)
  • You will be required to stand, walk, sit, use your hands and fingers, reach, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl in order to handle dogs, serve customers, and clean the facility.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • This position includes significant sanitation tasks. Protective gear is provided but you will be working with chemicals including bleach, etc.


Pay range: $18–$24/hour (based on experience)

Room for growth within the organization based upon merit and interest. We pay for performance. If you go above and beyond to help our pet guests and our clients, you will receive raises and bonuses.


Candidates who are successful in this position may have previous experience as a dog trainer, pet care technician, kennel technician, or animal care attendant.

Job Type:

Full-time: four 10-hour shifts, Monday through Thursday. Enjoy 3-day weekends!

To Apply:

Send your resume and availability to funfurpetshr@gmail.com, and be sure to put Dog School of MN dog trainer in the subject line.

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