Canine Development Assistant

Canine Development Assistant Requirements

Job Type: Full Time Non-Exempt

Salary: $26.53 per hour

Location: Sylmar Campus plus Travel

Benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, Life Insurance
  • Pension & 401k
  • Vacation & Paid Holidays
  • Casual Work Environment
  • Pet Friendly
  • Mission-driven non-profit organization
  • 7.5-acre park-like campus grounds

Job Purpose: Evaluate and support puppies’ progress as they develop and ensure dogs are properly prepared for recall into formal training.

Essential Functions:

  • Evaluate behaviors of individual puppies and dogs as assigned or otherwise identified
  • Identify and monitor individual puppies that display problematic behaviors
  • Develop behavior modification plans for puppies/dogs as needed
  • Apply or assign approved behavior modification plans and recommended techniques
  • Evaluate, track, and timely report on the success of such plans
  • Document communications with Puppy Raisers
  • Support the puppy socialization program
  • Participate in puppy evaluations and BCLs as assigned
  • Participate in the development of dog handling manuals and videos or other educational or instructional materials
  • Participate in educating Puppy Raisers and Area Leaders in approved training, socializing and behavior protocols, including conducting hands-on training workshops
  • Monitor progress of puppies relating to desirable physical and temperament traits
  • Prepare written requests for releasing dogs from the program, for Manager approval
  • Frequent travel to Area Leader and Puppy Raiser homes or other locations for meetings, classes, trainings, outings, evaluations, drop-off/pick-ups, or other needs
  • Working weekends, nights, holidays, and/or early mornings may be required
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time, indoors and outdoors in all types of weather
  • Ability to bend and kneel to the floor for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift 60 lbs., and up to 80 lbs. with assistance; must possess the physical strength to lift healthy, potentially strong, large breed dogs
  • Ability to exert 20 to 50 pounds of force including pushing or moving objects
  • Ability to push, pull, and reach overhead
  • Ability to wear protective gear including masks, gloves, goggles, boots
  • Visual acuity required to see and read dog’s reaction to environment and distractions, ability to read forms, documentation, and computer screen
  • Hearing ability required to interact with dogs, trainers, students, and volunteers
  • Ability to tolerate elevated noise levels – barking dogs
  • Working in a kennel environment with multiple dogs


  • 18+ years of age
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable
  • High school graduate or GED
  • Prefer degree in Animal Science
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in dog obedience or handling, knowledge of behavioral modification techniques
  • Basic understanding of canine health care
  • Proven ability to effectively teach others in individual and group settings
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, teaching, analytical and public speaking skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Excel, Word), SharePoint, Cornerstone, and experience with CRM database management programs such as Salesforce preferred
  • Work well as part of a team and in a team environment

Qualified candidates, please send cover letter and resume to