Dog Trainer - Full Time, Based in Sacramento

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  • High school graduate, or GED required.
  • At or over age 18. 
  • CPDT-Ka, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, Academy Graduate, FFCP, KPA CTP, CTC or equivalent credentials are highly preferred but not required.
  • Professional experience training dogs in a group and/ or private setting; 3 year minimum, 5+ years preferred.
  • Canine Behavior consulting experience, experience addressing behavioral concerns relating to fear, anxiety, aggression, atypical behaviors, etc.; highly desirable but not required. 
  • Previous virtual training support experience is highly desirable but not required.
  • We have a zero tolerance for the use of force, pain, fear or corrosion when training animals. 
  • Experience in the use of positive reinforcement and force-free methods are required.
  • Requires well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people of varying backgrounds and cultures by adapting style and tactics to fit the audience.
  • Must be comfortable speaking to clients one on one, in front of groups, over the phone, via Google Meet (or similar virtual meeting platform), and communicating via email.
  • Individuals must be flexible, work well under pressure, be an active problem-solver, a team player and possess a positive attitude.
  • Competent animal handler.
  • Proficiency with Google Workplace (aka G-Suite) is highly desirable.           
  • Must have a valid CA driver's license and reliable transportation
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and follow all company policies regarding masks and social distancing as best practices develop.
  • Reliable transportation to / from clients, along with a reliable computer or laptop for office work.
  • Daack Pack Dog Training follows all laws enforced by the EEOC and has a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind both by or of staff.


  • Teach private 1 on 1 dog training sessions and group courses as our services expand. If applicable, teach advanced or specialty classes, as (or with) assistance.
  • Explain and demonstrate positive reinforcement training methods.
  • Coach individual clients on training techniques, adapting style and tactics to meet the needs of individual clients and dogs.
  • Communicate with clients enrolled in classes or sessions via email (or phone when necessary) in a timely and professional manner.
  • Distribute consultation notes and support documents to clients via email.
  • Counsel pet owners through private consultations in home, at a previously determined location appropriate to the session or virtually.
  • Provide client education and support as needed.
  • Acknowledge and greet all clients in a professional and timely fashion, whether in person, email or telephone.
  • Work collaboratively with the training team and other professionals supporting the case, including shadowing other trainers to develop your skills with behavior consulting or to help support in the development of other trainers based on experience.
  • Commit to continuing education on a regular, predetermined schedule, to be discussed with the Owner.
  • Perform all other duties as needed.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in private client's homes, with exposure to seasonal outdoor conditions.
  • Must be comfortable handling dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages.
  • Weekend work required; must be available to work evenings and holidays as needed. 
  • Animal contacts and related injuries, including bites and scratches, may occur. Animals are inherently unpredictable, we take great measures to have safety practices in place but there are always risks involved with working with animals.
  • Noise exposure varies and often includes uncontrolled barking and other animal vocalizations.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 35 lbs. alone and >35 lbs. with assistance, if necessary.
  • Frequent walking, bending and stooping. Along with being able to control dogs of all sizes on leash. 

Pay Scale/ Benefits: 

  • Trainers are paid two wage scales; an administrative pay for office work, training, shadowing other trainers, driving, etc. ($16-$20). This pay rate is related heavily to the trainer's technical skills, along with overall experience. Training Pay is for the hours spent actively training animals ($20-$30). This pay rate is related to experience with utilizing positive training methods for dog training and canine behavior consulting. 
  • At three months, six months and 12 months we will do a review to evaluate your performance and growth to reevaluate your pay and benefits.
  • Current benefits: Flexible schedule, work from home, paid sick time, paid holidays, paid training and development, continuing education support, staff library, mileage reimbursement, unlimited unpaid time off, company provided training equipment and supplies, mentor programs, support for a work/life balance, career development, etc.
  • Benefits in the process of being on-boarded with set timelines: Retirement Accounts (launches end of April, 2022), Retirement Planning, PTO (Q3, 2022), medical and dental insurance (Q4, 2022), an official employee recognition and reward program (under development).
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