The Puppy-Raising Supervisor (Burnaby) works under the supervision of PADS’ Managers to manage the training aspects of PADS puppy raising program.  PADS training philosophy is based on scientifically supported operant and classical conditioning training methods and PADS trainers teach dog obedience and skills using principles of clicker training.

The Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) is changing lives, one dog at a time.  We are dedicated to breeding, raising, training and placing assistance dogs and supporting the working teams throughout the dog’s working life. PADS dogs are matched with individuals that have a physical disability, are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and with community care professionals in intervention roles. PADS is based in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia, Canada and also has active volunteer programs in Calgary, Alberta as well as the BC Okanagan Region. Our team of employees, board members, and volunteers is passionate about giving our clients a “new leash on life” with assistance dogs who will help them gain greater independence and a enhanced quality of life. In our work, we aim to uphold the high standards of Assistance Dogs International (ADI).


Under direct assignment and supervision by PADS Training Programs Manager, The Puppy Raising Supervisor is the primary contact person for all issues relating to dog training, general care and behaviour issues. This position works collaboratively with the Canine Programs Coordinator, the Puppy Program Trainers and the Puppy-Raising Supervisors in other regions to ensure that our organizational, volunteer and puppy-in-training requirements are being met.

The Puppy Raising Supervisor handles the following responsibilities for the Society.


  • Teach beginner and intermediate evening puppy classes as per current training curriculum;
  • Substitute teach puppy kindergarten classes when and if required;
  • Coordinate training plans and activities;
  • Review monthly puppy reports for all levels while identifying concerns and/or behavioral and handler problems;
  • Perform one on one training with raisers and sitters as scheduling requires which may include weekday, evenings and weekend work.
  • With consult with the Training Programs Manager and the Canine Administration Coordinator, organize puppy training (home) swaps.
  • Working in conjunction with Kennel Assistant, organize turn-in orientations for all volunteers with puppies entering the advanced training program.
  • Perform and record (video) “Walk and Talks” for puppies in the Burnaby program at age 4 months, 8 months and 13 months.
  • Document all individual training sessions, Walk and Talks and all related training and behavioral issues within the puppy’s training files. Provide written feedback and video to puppy raiser or sitter within 1 week of training visit.
  • Participate in puppy/dog assessments when and if required.
  • Organize puppy classes; locations, weekly instructions and provide electronic updates to all communication platforms and applicable staff.

Other Duties

  • Liaising with internal and external stakeholders, and educating the public about Assistance Dogs and the legal rights of people with disabilities who are partnered with them.
  • Assist with PADS outreach events, as required.
  • Performing other related duties and responsibilities, as required.


The Puppy-Raising Supervisor (Burnaby) shares work space and equipment with other employees and volunteers at PADS’ facilities. There is daily interaction, and physical contact, with puppies and dogs in training for certification–as service dogs, hearing dogs, and intervention canines. There is occasional contact with certified dogs and clients.

The working hours for this position are Monday to Friday from 1 pm to 9 pm to accommodate evening puppy classes. Wednesday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Weekly regularly scheduled hours will be adjusted if weekend or additional evening work is required for one on one training, dog assessments or PADS events.

This job position involves many physical tasks and requires working outside in all climates.

The Puppy-Raising Supervisor shares work space and equipment with other employees and volunteers at PADS’ facilities. There is daily interaction, and physical contact, with puppies and dogs in training for certification –as service dogs, hearing dogs, and for canine-assisted professional intervention service.  There is occasional contact with certified dogs and clients.


  • High school graduation is (Required)
  • KPA-CTP (Preferred)
  • CBATI (Preferred)
  • A combination of skills is essential including a strong knowledge and basic experience in canine learning theory including canine behavior, training and behaviour assessments, general dog care and safety. Also fundamental knowledge of canine nutrition, anatomy and physiology.
  • Broad experience relating to canines and individuals for partnership training.
  • Basic working knowledge of adult education.
  • A sensitivity to working with individuals with disabilities is required. A familiarity with terminology, medical requirements, psychological and social factors would be beneficial.
  • Clear and receptive verbal and written communication style while conversing with individuals, in groups and the public at large.
  • Demonstrated ability to clicker train.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a busy and at times, noisy work environment
  • Demonstrated interest in learning new training techniques.
  • Demonstrated capability in problem-solving, reasoning, and organizational skills.
  • Effective time management.
  • Solid record of having engaged in positive, productive working relationships. High level of earned trust, appropriate confidentiality and sound judgment in conduct and interactions
  • Satisfactory results from the applicable Provincial Ministry’s Criminal Record Check: both at the time of an interview for this position and throughout the duration of employment at PADS
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. of food products for up to 200 feet and dogs weighing 80 lbs. for up to 10 feet
  • Efficient use of PCs; the Internet; and MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. Ability to learn new software
  • Valid BC Driver’s License, at a minimum level of Class 5
  • Use of personal vehicle will be required for travel to and from puppy raiser homes and training locations. Such use will be reimbursed at PADS mileage rate (currently .50 cents per km)
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule when and if required.

The base wage for this position is $15.38 per hour + extended benefits (adjustments to starting rate may be made commensurate with experience). Regular reviews and increases based on job performance and experience.



Application Deadline: July 22nd, 2016

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