Dog Trainer

New Life K9s
173 Buckley Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
$21 - $25 an hour - Full-time

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  • $21 - $25 an hour

Job type

  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • 8 hour shift
  • Weekends as needed
  • Day shift


173 Buckley Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Pulled from the full job description

  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Professional development assistance
  • Relocation assistance

Full job description

If interested, please complete an application on our website. To help with relocation, we can offer up to three months of housing at no charge on our property.

New Life K9s Role and Responsibilities

Objective: To help New Life K9s produce healthy, happy, confident, and reliable service dogs.

Direct Responsible Individual

  • Help read journals and homework assignments from the dog handlers of assigned teams and provide written feedback
  • Through the use of effective dog training methods, educate incarcerated dog handlers to teach dogs the skills necessary to become service dogs for disabled Veterans or First Responders
  • Bring new creative training and education material to the New Life K9s team
  • Participate in New Life K9s team meetings to continue staff dog training development
  • Assist in monitoring the progress of the dogs in the program and work with the inmate handlers and New Life K9s educators to ensure each dog is set up for success
  • Teach potential service dog recipients how to work with their matched dog during bootcamp
  • Follow up with Service Dog recipients as scheduled to assess adherence to ADI standards.
  • Assist Service Dog recipients with additional training as needed.
  • Maintain consistent and daily communication with the New Life K9s team to ensure the program continues to operate successfully.

Other Responsibilities - as needed

  • Help maintain the cleanliness of the New Life K9s campus grounds
  • Assist with public outings with puppy raisers and/or assigned dogs
  • Assist with training of dogs at New Life K9s campus grounds and out in public
  • Grooming of dogs at New Life K9s campus grounds
  • Help with other needs under the discretion of the supervisor
  • Attend training and seminars to stay up to date with the service dog training community and share this knowledge with the New Life K9s Team
  • Pick up or drop off dogs from prison programs

Other Responsibilities - as needed

  • Attend community events to advertise training services. (In person and/or virtually.)
  • Attend training to enhance your dog training skills and certifications.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • You must have a passion for working with both people and dogs.
  • Experience handling dogs of all sizes, breeds, and temperaments.
  • At least 2 years of experience training service dogs with positive dog training methods.
  • Experience training service dogs parallel to ADI standards is highly preferred.

Additional Notes

  • This is a full time position. (Tuesday - Saturday)
  • Position will be hourly. Maximum total hours per week will be 40 hours.
  • Must be able to obtain California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation clearance.
  • Traveling to California State Prisons at a minimum of once a week is required. A company vehicle will be provided or mileage will be reimbursed.

Benefit Information

  • 15 days of paid time off per year (5 hours accrued per pay period).
  • Can be used for vacation and/or sick time.
  • Free daycare, boarding, and grooming services for your own pets.
  • 25% off dog training services.
  • 4 paid holidays (4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's).
  • $130 monthly health insurance premium reimbursement program (QSEHRA).

Please complete an application on our website if interested.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $21.00 - $25.00 per hour

Expected hours: 40 per week


  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Professional development assistance
  • Relocation assistance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Weekends as needed

People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply

Work Location: In person

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