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Enrichment Dog Walking Specialist / Apprentice Dog Trainer

Patrick's Pet Care
4.5 out of 5
Washington, DC
$18.50 - $21.50 an hour - Part-time, Full-time


Washington, DC

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  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance

Full job description

Position: Enrichment Dog Walking Specialist

Position Description:

Adynamic position that brings creative and energetic daily enrichment and choice to canines outdoors. An opportunity to join D.C.’s premier pet care provider. The ability to earn a living wage, with full benefits (during daytime hours 10 AM – 4PM) and significant opportunity for advancement.

As the only Enrichment Dog Walking company, Dog Montessori School and Fear Free Grooming Salon in the nation’s capital, the demand for our services is greatly outpacing the supply of qualified specialists.

That is where you come in. We are seeking fun, flexible, goal oriented and self-motivated specialists to join our team. Patrick’s Pet Care is a mission-driven, women-managed, and gay-owned business that celebrates diversity in all its forms. Everyone who works here is paid well, with generous benefits, and the expectations are high

What Success Looks Like for an Enrichment Dog Walking Specialist:

An enrichment dog walking specialist is a dog enthusiast with a knowledge of, or interest in learning about animal behavior and dog training.

From 10 am to 4pm you will lead 1-2 of our carefully screened customers’ pets on 30-45 exploration or exercise walks in various neighborhoods of Washington, DC. As an Enrichment Dog Walking Specialist, you will be empowered to plan activities for the enrichment walk based on the dog’s specific personality and holistic needs!

At the end of each appointment, the specialist will communicate progress toward enrichment goals through written and verbal communication with customers.

You can see the expectations of the job and what an exercise enrichment walk might look like here:

Most of our Enrichment Dog Walking Specialists have a demonstrated interest in becoming professional certified dog trainers.

About the Company:

Patrick’s Pet Care began in 2012 as a dog walking, pet sitting, and dog day care company. We have received numerous #1 “Best of DC” awards and “Top Pet Care Provider” accolades in publications such as Washington City Paper, Washingtonian magazine, Washington Business Journal, and Washington Post; we have earned hundreds of five-star reviews on Yelp, Google, and Facebook.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we have pivoted to become a canine-human-enrichment company that provides Dog Montessori School, Fear-Free Dog Grooming, Enrichment Dog Walking, and Force-Free Dog Training.

We are committed to celebrating the human-animal bond and we are resolved to do so with science-based fear-free, force- free, and pain-free practices.

Attributes of a Successful Enrichment Dog Walking Specialist:

  • Goal Oriented
  • Flexible
  • Independent
  • Fun & Energetic
  • Vigilant & Intuitive
  • Comfortable navigating efficiently with GPS
  • Patient & Organized
  • Effective Communicator (written and social media)
  • Comfortable with technology
  • Physically Active
  • Enjoys problem solving


Activity Planning - 15%

- Setting up and executing outdoor enrichment activities for dogs, while accounting for logistics and weather conditions

Walking and Supervising Dogs -60%

- Following a daily schedule while being mindful of traffic, weather and life’s daily challenges

- Going from home to home efficiently and ensuring the homes are secure during and after the visit, with keys, locks, and alarm systems

-Keeping themselves and the dog(s) safe outdoors in an urban environment with good judgment, and appropriate use of safety equipment

- Adhering to force, pain, and fear free dog training practices

Communicating, Goal Setting & Customer Service -25%

- Documenting progress toward goals (and fun!) using video and smartphones

- Writing (or recording) personalized report cards for each dog sent directly to customers not only to demonstrate progress, but to give our valued customers substantial joy and peace of mind.

Reinforcing a Professional Dog Trainer’_s Regimen (Optional)_

- Our customers often ask for private dog training lessons. Enrichment dog walking specialists can reinforce a trainer’s regimen during the visits.

This is an optional component, but is strongly recommended for applicants with an interest in earning significant additional income and an interest in becoming a dog trainer.


-A passion for animals

-Demonstrated intermediate understanding of canine behavior

-Conversant and comfortable with technology including smart phones, video & social media

-Physically comfortable handling dogs of varying sizes up to 85lbs outside for 6 hours a day, and occasionally administering food and medications

-Reliable transportation in the form of a car, bicycle, moped or scooter (public transportation will not be sufficient)

-At least one year experience in the pet / animal industry or education / teaching industry OR 2+ years experience in customer service-related industry

-Excellent written, verbal, and video communication skills

-20-40 hours per week (candidate’s choice)

-Six (6) month minimum contract

-Clear criminal background check

-COVID-19 vaccination; weekly paid testing

Desired / Ideal Qualifications:

-Prior experience dog walking professionally

-Prior experience as a dog trainer’s assistant or apprentice

-Honed sense of direction and ability to navigate a city efficiently

-Candidates with the ability to run/jog with a dog will be prioritized

Working Conditions:

Physically demanding. Mostly outdoors in varying weather conditions, including rain, snow, heat, and cold. Candidate must have physical ability to maintain safe control of up to two dogs outside (who may weigh up to 85lbs each). Long periods of walking, standing, and interacting directly with animals both indoors and outdoors. Ability to climb stairs and lift dogs as heavy as 50lbs is required.

Benefit Conditions:

  • Waiting period may apply
  • Only full-time employees eligible

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

Typical end time:

  • 4PM

Typical start time:

  • 10AM

Work Remotely

  • No

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $18.50 - $21.50 per hour


  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus pay
  • Commission pay
  • Tips

COVID-19 considerations:
COVID-19 vaccination required; weekly paid Covid testing ; PPE provided

Application Question(s):

  • In 100 words or less: what is choice?
  • This position is focused on providing enrichment to dogs. So in your own words, what is enrichment? Please keep responses at 100 words or less.
  • This is a movement and transportation dependent position. How would you get from house to house to do your visits? Your bike? A scooter? Your car? Public transportation won't work.
  • This position is an apprentice position for those interested in one day becoming a force-free certified dog trainer. Why does that career path interest you?


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • customer service: 1 year (Required)
  • professional pet industry: 1 year (Preferred)

Willingness to travel:

  • 100% (Preferred)

Work Location: On the road