Who will instruct me during training?
Each of our territories have full time dedicated managers! Their job is to mentor you and help you become the best trainer possible. They will guide you through classroom training, hands-on training with dogs, and you will also shadow appointments with experienced trainers on the team.
What is covered during my time during the initial training period?
Your training will encompass every aspect of dog training from easy cases to anxiety and aggression cases. We start off with everyday issues, then slowly teach you to be able to handle any training issue. Your manager will be there every step of the way to teach you and shadow you on your appointments. Our program includes the following:
- Over 100 in depth classrooms
- Weekly quizzes
- Progression and proficiency scoring sheets
- Mock training scenarios to get your ready for all types of issues
- Ability to shadow other trainers’ appointments
- A full time manager and other supportive team members to make sure you are the best dog trainer you can be
- Hands on training
- Mentor program where you are connected with one of our senior trainers in another territory.
This training program was built from the bottom up by our company founders and management team. Our management team collectively has over 100 years of dog training experience and is constantly monitoring and improving the program.
How long is the initial training period?
Our initial training period is 4-5 months long. Once you become an established trainer, we have a highly supportive team that will support you throughout your career!
What is a typical day in the life of a trainer during training?
New trainers will have a busy but manageable schedule. We keep all of our trainers around 40 hours a week during the initial training period. You will typically meet 5 days per week with your manager for hands-on training. You will also shadow many different types of appointments, have appointments of your own, and get to train many different types of dogs!
What changes when I am an established trainer?
Besides working with dogs, the best part about being a SK9 trainer is having a flexible schedule! Once you are an established trainer, you make your own schedule! You can decide how many hours you want, you will have the ability to block off time, and more!
What can I do to be successful at this job?
We are looking for someone who is dedicated, passionate, willing to learn, and wants to be part of an ever-growing team. People who are motivated and hardworking will thrive in this position! We can teach anyone to be an excellent trainer, but we are looking for individuals who fit into our fun and family oriented company culture!
What sets Suburban K9 apart from other dog training companies?
There are many things that set us apart, but there are two main points we like to explain to all new team members.
The first is our supportive team. Unlike a lot of businesses, we pride ourselves on having a fun and family oriented team who are committed to helping each other prosper. From day one, we preach our company culture, and you get to see it first hand by meeting our super-supportive crew. Our entire team is available for questions, help, and support and our trainers from all over the country engage with each other on a daily basis. We also have a top-notch mentorship program!
On the dog training side, what sets us apart is that we approach every dog differently. Every dog is different, so having one approach is not appropriate in order to give our clients the best training possible. Combine this with the fact that we do the majority of our training inside clients' homes, and it means we can address any situation and help dogs live their best possible lives!
The best part of our job is our excellent and supportive team! You may ask, “Is Suburban K9 a great company to work for”? The easiest way to answer that is to ask some of our current team members!