• +401 B St. Laurent Blvd, Ottawa
  • info@ottawak9school.com


Dog trainer/instructor

Permanent, part-time

We are currently looking for new talents to join our team. The ideal candidate must enjoy working with dogs and people.


  • Teach or assist beginner group classes (e.g., Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Good Manners).  
  • Assist more advanced group classes (e.g., Reactive Rover).  
  • Opportunity to conduct private lessons and teach other group classes of your choice when you gain an acceptable combination of education, training, and work experience.
  • An annual commitment to continuing education in behavioural sciences related to dog training.

Start date

As soon as the candidate is ready for the position.


Hours are negotiable and subject to change. We are looking for a dog trainer/instructor who could commit to evening and weekend classes. Please view our class calendar. A flexible schedule is an asset.

Essential qualifications

  • A commitment to positive reinforcement-based training following the guiding principles by Pet Professional Guild.
  • Students or graduates of Ottawa Canine School, Jean Donaldson Academy for Dog Trainers, Karen Pryor Academy, or Victoria Stillwell Academy will be given preference. We may accept graduates from other schools provided that they have an acceptable combination of education, training and work experience.


  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Critical problem-solving
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication skills.


  • CCPDT, IAABC, or PPAB certification.
  • Member of the Pet Professional Guild.
  • At least one year of professional training experience using force-free methods.
  • University or college degree in psychology, animal behaviour, or other related fields
  • Current Standard First Aid/CPR “C” certification.
  • Ability to communicate in both official languages.


Our recruitment process is ongoing until the positions are filled.

Recruitment process

Please email your cover letter and resume to Chantal Mills, CPDT-KA: chantal@ottawak9school.com 

We will contact suitable candidates for a 1-hour interview. Once the candidate passes the interview, we will contact references.

We will provide orientation and training to the successful candidate. As part of orientation and training, the candidate must be able to observe a class as a volunteer for the full course length (i.e., 4 to 6 weeks depending on the class). Then, the candidate will have the opportunity to assist and co-teach a class until the candidate is deemed ready to lead a class.

The candidate will be required to complete a Criminal Reference Check for the Vulnerable Sector, not older than 6 months. 

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