Dog Gone Employment Opportunities

As Omaha’s premiere dog behavior and training organization, we are always looking for people who are amazing with dogs to add to our team. We think we are the best in the business and are looking for quality people who want the same out of their career.

We are looking for people with a real passion and skillset to work with dogs. This means you have an innate gift for relating to dogs, a natural if you will. You seem to be able to reach and relate to dog easily. We would say a “Dog Whisperer,” but the host of that show used force and punishment, two things we never do.

Anyone who joins our team needs to understand that we exclusively use a +R (Positive Reinforcement) and FF (force free) only approach. We will train you on our all positive dog training and behavior methods. We do NOT use pinch or prong collars, choke chains, shock collars, alpha rolls, leash corrections or any other “balanced” or punishment-based training methods. We believe these are the methods people use when they lack the natural skills or don’t know any better. We don’t believe punishing or causing discomfort or pain is the proper way to teach a dog or puppy. After all, the title is “Dog Trainer” not “Dog Punisher.”

While we would love to find people who already have positive dog or puppy training experience, experienced dog trainers are hard to find. We have a training program in place and will teach you the Dog Gone way.

Things we look for in candidates are people with some animal work or volunteer experience; working at a dog day care, as a dog walker, pet sitter, vet clinic, volunteering at shelters, working with rescue groups, fostering dogs, 4H, etc.

Here are some of the skills we are impressed with:

      • Natural Dog Skills – Everyone loves dogs, but do you have that “gift” to communicate and help dogs?
      • Communication – You need to be able to clearly communicate to dogs and people.
      • Outgoing – We work in the community at events and with our clients. You need to be a people person who enjoys helping people and their dogs. If you’re super private or don’t like interacting with people, this isn’t the gig for you.
      • Patience – People and dogs learn at different rates and some pups can be challenging at times. You need to be steady and helpful, even with the most challenging pups or peeps.
      • Attention to detail – We will show you what to do and how to do it during training. You will be expected to repeat these lessons consistently on your own after training.
      • Dedication – You need to be dedicated, thorough and willing to do what needs to be done / go the extra mile.
      • Self motivated – We have a fun job, but it is work and things need to be done right and on time. If you are chronically late, flakey or need someone to hold your hand or follow up to make sure you did it right, this is not the job for you.
      • Take pride in your work – We are the best in the business and expect the same from our team members. If you aren’t willing to put in the time to learn your craft and refine your skills, this is not the job for you.
      • Initiative – We are looking for people who are proactive when it comes to asking for more responsibility or doing what needs to be done instead of waiting for someone to tell you.

Currently we are in need of 1-2 more puppy class instructors and are also on the lookout for someone to train as a Dog Behaviorist. Our ideal candidate would be hired for both positions, training (the working) as a Dog Behaviorist during the day and leading puppy classes in the evenings.

Here are details:

Puppy Class Instructor $10 – $20 an hour

Leading a class of puppies with their guardians. PT (Weekday evenings 6-9 M-F)

We have three different puppy classes; Kindergarten, Elementary and High School. Each class runs for 4 weeks. Our instructors share tips to help new puppy guardians avoid common dog behavior problems, teach basic commands, share dog behavior tips and supervise puppy socialization time.

This position starts out shadowing a puppy class and helping during the socialization period. As your skill set progresses, you will start demonstrating the lesson for the instructor, then leading parts of the class under the instructor’s supervision. Eventually you will lead the entire class on your own with the instructor supervising.

You must be comfortable and enjoy interacting and teaching people and their puppies. Patience, good communication skills, attention to detail, self motivation and the ability to learn and share puppy training tips and lessons are key qualities you must have.

We are only considering candidates who live inside the Omaha area, have their own car and are consistently available weekday evenings. If that matches what you are looking for and you think you have the skills we are searching for, read on.

Dog Behaviorist $10 – $30 an hour

Going to client’s homes to assist with their dog behavior problems (Weekday evenings 6-9 M-F)

Most dog behavior problems stem from confusion between the dog and the humans. As a Dog Behaviorist, your job will be to identify areas the dog’s guardians are failing in or falling short, share dog behavior tips and go over exercises to stop the unwanted behaviors.

You will shadow our founder David as he conducts these in home sessions as well as learn the practices and methods behind them. As you become more experienced, you will start to lead sections of these in home sessions until you are conducting them as well as David does. Once this is the case, you will conduct in home dog behavior sessions on your own.

This position involves the ability to communicate, relate to and entertain people while coaching them up and teaching them how to avoid doing he things that caused their dog’s problems in the first place.

You must be comfortable and enjoy interacting and teaching people and their puppies. Patience, good communication skills, attention to detail, self motivation and the ability to learn and share puppy training tips and lessons are key qualities you must have.

We are only considering candidates who live inside the Omaha area, have their own car and are consistently available weekday evenings. If that matches what you are looking for and you think you have the skills we are searching for, read on.

Everyone loves dogs and we get a lot of applicants. But because we have a reputation of being the best, we are picky when it comes to adding people to our team. We look for people who want to a part of something, working in a fulfilling career and willing to put in the time and effort to become the best.

We are a small company. Quality work is quickly recognized and rewarded (We are all about positive reinforcement!) while people who do the bare minimum also stand out, but in a different way of course. If you have a natural way with dogs and this is your dream job, we’d love to hear from you.

We start people off with a base hourly pay and give $1 an hour raises each month as your skill set and experience increase until you get to the top end of the pay spectrum. These raises are not guaranteed nor is the position. We bring people in on a provisional basis. If you have the skills, dedication and attitude we want, there is opportunity for upward advancement both in terms of pay and position.

We promote a family feel and want people to work with us, not for us. If you are looking to get in on the ground floor of a small but growing company , work hard and have the skills detailed here, we’d love to hear from you. Complete the form below, and we’ll be in touch!

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