Best Friends Animal Society
  • 405- Dogs
  • Kanab, UT, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Join Best Friends and turn your career into a labor of love. The benefits package is one of the best! Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Child Care reimbursement, Pet Sitting reimbursement, Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, PTO, Paid Holidays, Employee Assistance Program, 401K, Staff Discounts, Best Friends Wellness Center, and Flex Work Policy. Further, we also have some very unique perks, such as discounted veterinary care and the opportunity to bring pets to work. Our onsite cafeteria serves healthy vegetarian food.

Reports to: Dogtown Managers
Location: Kanab, Utah
FLSA status: Exempt

Best Friends Animal Society is looking for an innovative Behavior Consultant to work at the Sanctuary, who has the instinct to teach and can thrive in a fast paced collaborative working environment. You'll meet all kinds of dogs who might not have survived at traditional shelters, and help them overcome their behavior challenges, whether they're painfully shy, having trouble getting along with others, or just inexperienced at being house pets. The training that happens here sets an example for shelters all across the country! This really is a special healing haven unlike anywhere else on earth, and you can help change the lives of these animals – and animals all around the country – by doing a stellar job of training dogs through working in partnership with the caregivers. 

Watch a video on our fun and unique approach with a shy dog:

Position Summary: The Behavior Consultant will work with care-giving staff to assess needs, develop and implement a training plan for each dog to increase adoptability and improve the dog's chances of remaining in the new home. Develop and implement innovative training and residential management programs for behaviorally challenged dogs to increase quality of life and adoptability. Develop and present workshops for staff and visitors. The Behavior Consultant will assist caregivers with making daily interactions with the dogs training opportunities.


  • Develop training programs for individual dogs and specific housing areas in Dogtown.
  • Develop and implement training protocol for a specific area determined by management.
  • Represent Best Friends Training methods internally and externally.
  • Correspond with adoptive families regarding training and behavior of Best Friends dogs at the request of the adoption coordinators.
  • Establish goals and educate staff on dog training methods. 
  • Assess dogs to determine training and behavior needs.
  • Develop and present workshops and seminars for staff and visitors.
  • Measure progress and re-assess training plans and recommendations as necessary for the development of Sanctuary dogs.
  • Coordinate and assist with other related projects as requested such as writing training related articles, answering media requests, etc...
  • Will stay current on progressive and innovative training techniques. 
  • Coach caregivers individually on training and behavior issues specific to the dogs in their care.
  • Fill in caregiving role as needed.
  • Must be able to work weekends/holidays/varying shift times.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of dog behavior and general training principles based on experience compatible with Best Friends goals and philosophy.
  • Shelter experience preferred.
  • CPDT-KA (Certified Pet Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) Certification or equivalent preferred.
  • The ability to learn about and understand each dog as an individual with his or her own personality traits, good and bad habits, past experiences, etc. 
  • The ability to remain pleasant, calm and objective in all situations. 
  • Demonstrates approachability when dealing with the staff and general public. Experience in interacting with the general public (customer service) preferred. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills. The ideal person for this job would be personable, outgoing, patient, professional, and able to get along well with a variety of people. The ability to develop positive relationships with others and demonstrate sensitivity to the thoughts, feelings and perspectives of others.
  • Accurate, appropriate, clear and concise written and verbal communication skills. Strong listening skills.
  • Ability to make sound judgments and work independently in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.
  • Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends' mission and position on issues.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment with staff as well as volunteers. 
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills. 
  • Resourceful. Must have the initiative to resolve problems and seek answers independently and enthusiastically persist until goals are achieved.
  • Demonstrates personal accountability to ensure that all responsibilities are completed effectively and in a timely manner.
  • Proficiency with Internet navigation and a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Google e-mails, Google calendar, Google documents, ADP, BFIS.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to routinely lift 40 to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to work out of doors in all weather conditions, with temperatures ranging from below freezing to 100 degrees.
  • Must be able to walk dogs that pull hard on a leash. 
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, hike, walk, kneel, and lift.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.

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