Foster Puppy Club Trainer & Breeding Enrichment

About Paws With A Cause

Paws With A Cause® (PAWS) exists to create opportunities to live with dignity, companionship and confidence. We do our best work by embodying our core values: adaptability, dedication, innovation, and optimism. 

PAWS enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities through custom-trained Assistance Dogs.

Position Summary

 The Foster Puppy Club Trainer/Breeding Enrichment will ensure age-appropriate development of the foster puppies through approved PAWS Foster Puppy curriculum, support and communicate with our volunteer Foster Puppy Raisers, provide kennel enrichment and interaction with Breeding Stock Dogs in health clearances and puppies pre-placement. This role will involve training facilitation, volunteer interaction, record keeping/reporting, instruction in class, small group and one on one interactions, create curriculum resources for Foster Puppy as a member of our Training Department. Daily interaction, socialization, enrichment, and support of on campus Breeding Health Clearance Dogs and puppies awaiting placement with volunteers.  

Essential Responsibilities

  1. Serve as Foster Puppy Class Trainer for HQ Campus – scheduling, leading, and instructing Foster Puppy classes using the PAWS curriculum
  2. Offer support and guidance to volunteers so that they may be successful and have a positive experience. This involves communication, problem solving, direct and indirect assistance via resources, small group, or individual sessions.
  3. Facilitate quarterly educational/practice outings for HQ Foster Puppy Raisers
  4. Assist with monthly communications to FPRs – especially those not in attendance for the month - as well as collect and report weekly class attendance to HQ
  5. Provide kennel enrichment and leash handling training for PAWS Dogs undergoing Breeding Health Clearances – making sure dogs receive interactions and are routinely scheduled for grooming
  6. Provide puppy enrichment directly and/or alongside volunteers while puppies are on campus awaiting placement into FPR homes.  
  7. Attend and support Quarterly Foster Puppy Club Training Sessions
  8. Other duties as assigned

Non-Essential Responsibilities

  1. Assist with volunteer recognition, celebration, and recruiting events
  2. Assist with Puppy Assessment and Placements as needed
  3. Foster Puppy Raiser Home Visits as needed

Supervision Received

  • Specific Direction - Follows established work procedures. Receives periodic checks for performance. Refers unique questions/conditions to immediate supervisor

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • No supervisory responsibilities


Education & Experience

  1. Associate degree in a related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  2. 5 or more years of experience training dogs and people

Other Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  1. Interpersonal skills to communicate and interact with others effectively
  2. Knowledge of various dog training styles and obedience skills
  3. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  4. Must have valid driver’s license

Core competencies

  1. Problem-solving: Ability to recognize effective courses of action to handle problems, gather and organize information, identify cause and effect relationships, and apply contingency plans to solve those problems.
  2. Communication: Ability to effectively receive and express ideas, both written and verbal; using clear and concise vocabulary and active listening skills.
  3. Teamwork: Effectively interacts with people by being able to share and receive information that supports team goals.
  4. Customer Service: A desire to serve others by focusing efforts on listening and responding effectively to questions, providing services, and evaluating customer satisfaction.

Physical Requirements:

Average Daily Physical Requirements

  • Work in stationary position: More than 5 hours
  • Move about work area: Less than 2 hours
  • Use hands/fingers to handle or feel: More than 5 hours
  • Reach with hands and arms: More than 5 hours
  • Ascend/Descend (stairs/ladder/etc.): Less than 2 hours
  • Bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl: Less than 2 hours
  • Communicate with various parties: More than 5 hours
  • Detect flavors or smells: None       
  • Move containers up to 50 pounds: Less than 2 hours
  • Visual acuity: More than 5 hours
  • Read and understand written word: More than 5 hours
  • Drive/Travel: 2 to 5 hours
  • Operate computer and general office machines: More than 5 hours
  • Operate machines or material handling equipment: None       

Average Daily Environmental Conditions

  • Office Environment: No exposure to extreme heat, cold, noise, chemicals or hazardous equipment. : More than 5 hours
  • Manufacturing Environment: Exposure to dust, oil, various chemicals, solvents, or fumes. : None
  • Other: Less than 2 hours

This job description does not list all duties of the job. Employees may be asked by management to perform other duties as needed. The Company reserves the right to revise this job description at any time. This job description is not a contract for employment and does not infringe upon the Company’s at will employment status.

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