Entertaining, Fast paced, with a lot of cool animals
Dog Trainer (Former Employee) – Grass Valley, CA – June 29, 2018
When I was a dog trainer before class I would sanitize the entire room, set up barriers and chairs, collect all the equipment and set up/lay it out. Attend to clients paperwork, check to make sure vaccinations are up to date. Hardest part of the job was being denied help from a manager/co workers when I needed necessary assistance. The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to watch the dogs/dog owners succeed and become a great well trained team!
Working with animals
very poor management, Not helpful nor respectful management.
Dog Trainer (Current Employee) – Santa Barbara, CA – June 23, 2018
I get to do the things I love there (learn, teach, take care of animals, and get paid to lift stuff). I now have multiple pets that I have a lot of knowledge about and can properly take care of. The store leader is amazing. She has really pulled the store back into line after it was not doing well.
I think the hardest part of the job is feeling like you don't get paid enough for some of the stuff you have to go through. There are just some people who treat you as a servant and not as a customer service worker.
The best part of the job is being able to help people make the best decisions for their pets so they can have long, happy lives.
Pay isn't very good, no real advancement unless someone quits
A pit that is, at first, pleasant but is ultimately a pit.
Dog Trainer (Current Employee) – Dallas, TX – May 25, 2018
Far more retail than people would believe, but a treasure trove of knowledge for those who look. It's hectic and people don't teach you what you need to know. You sort of figure it out and are smarter for it. You feel accomplished looking at the happy, satisfied animals. You hate the people that own them.
Fast-paced yet also fun and relaxed. Great people who just are still learning how to work as a team.
Dog Trainer (Current Employee) – Casper, WY – May 21, 2018
Overall Petco was a fun, interactive place to work with great co-workers; however, we were not always good at working as a team and kindly guiding each other. Sometimes the "managers" would become bossy and micromanage. I didn't always care for the Store Leader but everyone else loved him, I loved the assistant manager known as the GEL and hope she stays there a long time. I'll miss this place for the fun I had and the students I taught but I hope I can find somewhere that will appreciate people like me who try to improve the program. I personally do not recommend the Dog Trainer program but sales team member is a much better position.
Dog Trainer/Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Grass Valley, CA – May 4, 2018
I go into work dreading not what I do but the people I work with ( mostly management ) knowing we are under staffed and disappearing for hours on end when I’m theee only one on the floor, being cashier, helping customers out and also selling dog training classes, I’ve been screamed and yelled at for bluntly not knowing something or “saying the wrong thing” when I’m asking for back up to the front and I refuse to work in a work environment where I am not appreciated and are miserable when I’m there 40+ a week ( not to mention I was suppose to be given mileage for driving to the sac store twice a week for 6 weeks, asked everyday finally got it three months after) HR has been contacted by many employees
Dog Trainer (Former Employee) – Arlington, TX – April 5, 2018
Petco is a good company, my manager at store 2416 was second to none. Our store team knew what we were doing and helped a lot of people provide good care to their animal companions whether furred, feathered or scaly. This cannot be said of all petco stores, for many suffer from undermotivated staff who have no idea what the heck they are doing as far as animal care and should barely be able to take care of a plant let alone a bearded dragon. More effort is needed to educate their staff.
Customer Advisor,Sales Associate, Dog Trainer (Current Employee) – Vancouver, WA – March 25, 2018
A lot on my feet, demanding, lots of work but not enough pay. Understaffed yet hours get cut. Gone through a lot of managers some wonderful, others jerks. Learned a lot about people, pets, pet care and pet nutrition. A lesson in patience. Most enjoyable people and pets, hardest the hours that one sometimes has to work, open availability and no set schedules.
hours, scheduling, overworked or not worked and a bit underpayed and many times underappreciated.
Dog Trainer (Former Employee) – Mansfield, CT – March 17, 2018
If they focused on the animals instead of the customer as the primary focus of care then the store would be a much better place to work. Its all about making the human happy at the cost of the main reason everyone goes into the store,