Apprentice Trainer Program

Apprentice Trainer Program

Paw Commons Training Department is excited to announce the Apprentice Trainer Program. We have identified a need within our community to provide a sustainable opportunity for the next generation of trainers to grow and be welcomed into a collaborative collective. This vision gave way for an 18-month education program that gives new trainers a balanced approach to education, hands-on experience, and one on one coaching.  Below outlines the details of the program and requirements of applicants.

Outline of Program

There are 5 learning modules that an apprentice will go through: Onboarding, Evaluators, Trainee, Trainer 1, and Trainer 2. Each module builds upon each other and provides experience for all training opportunities at Paw Commons. Below is a snapshot of each module.

RoleTimeframeSummary of Curriculum
Onboarding2 WeeksIndividuals will experience 80 Hours of curriculum learning, observations of training clients, and learn our behaviors in the daycare yard. These two weeks set your foundation for forward growth in basic canine behaviors, group play management, and overall animal handling skills.
Evaluator2.5 MonthsWithin this module, apprentices will work hands on within the evaluator program assessing and working dogs within the daycare yard for group play management. You will also experience 80 hours of curriculum time learning about canine motivators and triggers of behavior, learn the foundation of behavior modification as an individual and within group management, and experience hands-on sales training experience.
Trainee3 MonthsAs a Trainee, you will have 80 hours of curriculum learning, 80 Hours of direct hands on coaching and active participation in the daycare management. You will learn Animal Behavior training theory, canine training modalities, history of breed and the impact of ethnology, advanced identification of behaviors, and have hand on experience with the training program dogs.
Trainer 16 MonthsAs a Trainer 1, you will experience 96 hours of Learning & 192 hours of hands-on coaching with training clients and dogs. You will work on training technique, refine training modalities, grow personal and professional development.
Trainer 26 MonthsThe trainer 2 role is the final stage of the apprentice program and by this module individuals are learning the finishing touches of the training profession. The last six months individuals will experience professional development, human learning theory, client psychology, advance sale tactics, the importance of client retention, and building a personal clientele.

Expectations of the Program

There are a few clear expectations we would like to share:

  • Education Contract: This education program is a contracted 18-month paid job within Paw Commons. All members of this program will be required to sign a contract that they will complete the full program for 18 months.
  • All staff members within the program will have ongoing coaching from the Director of Training, Regional Manager, and their location’s Trainer 3. Training Apprentices will also receive a review at the end of every module

Application Process

Individuals who are interested in the apprentice program must pass two interviews (Regional Training Manager and Director of Training), Application, and 2 references (1 personal and 1 professional).

Requirements for Role

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) is recommended.
  • (1-3) years of related customer service experience, and/or training
  • Computer experience is required.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English, bilingual employees are encouraged to apply.
  • Desire to contribute to building a positive working environment for themselves and their coworkers.
  • You must possess sound ethics & integrity with people and animals; you must exhibit accurate judgment, be dependable and reliable.
  • You must be able to work a variety of hours including weekends and holidays.
  • While performing the duties of this job, you will be required to frequently sit and walk; stand; use hands, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. You may have to occasionally be required to stoop, crouch, bend, crawl and talk or hear. You may be exposed to wet/hot/humid conditions and a loud noise level.
  • You must be able to lift up to 50lbs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and peripheral vision. (Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions & to follow all state & federal guidelines).