<strong>PUPPY PROGRAM TRAINER</strong>




The Puppy Program Trainer (part time, 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.

This position is part time shares work space and equipment with other employees and volunteers at PADS’ facilities and other training locations. There is interaction and physical contact, with puppies and dogs in training for certification–as service dogs, hearing dogs, and accredited facility dogs. There is occasional contact with certified dogs and clients. This job position involves physical tasks and requires working outside in all climates.

Main Responsibilities

  • Teach weekly puppy kindergarten classes as per current training curriculum (range from 2 to 6 hours per week)
  • Assist and / or teach beginner and intermediate evening puppy classes on the rare occasion of staff absence (occasional, 3 to 6 hours per week)
  • Implement puppy class lesson plans and activities under the direction of the Puppy Program Manager and the Puppy Raising Supervisor (Burnaby)
  • Submit weekly puppy class summaries to the Puppy Programs Manager
  • 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.


  • High school graduation is required.
  • Ability to teach and implement the class lesson plans as provided by PADS staff Puppy Program Manager
  • Broad experience relating to canines and individuals for partnership training
  • A combination of skills is essential including knowledge and basic experience in canine learning theory including puppy behaviour, general puppy health care and safety, fundamental knowledge of canine nutrition, anatomy and physiology
  • Good working knowledge of adult education and demonstrated skill for teaching adults
  • 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/marker 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’
  • 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 training locations not at Burnaby campus. 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 $16.00 per hour based on relative expertise. Regular reviews and increases based on job performance and experience. The working hours for this position are currently Monday and/or Tuesday nights from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm to accommodate evening puppy kindergarten classes.


Application Deadline – May 30, 2018