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4925 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs, TX, USA

The Trainer reports to the Director of Training and Senior Trainer and is responsible for the hands-on training Hearing, Service and Facility Dogs.

Full Time


  • Participate in evaluation of shelter dogs

  • Train assigned behaviors for dogs

  • Maintain training records and provide updates

  • Maintain dogs’ health

  • Take dogs to veterinarian

  • Feed and exercise dogs

  • Perform husbandry procedures

  • Maintain cleanliness of kennels, play yards and training building on a daily basis

  • Keep a safe working environment for the animals, staff, clients, volunteers and guests

  • Comply with Assistance Dogs International accreditation standards for kennel and dog care

  • Communicate effectively and openly with all SDI employees, representatives, customers, donors, their representatives, and clients

  • Set a positive example to all SDI staff, clients, volunteers and guests

  • Communicate effectively with representatives of other departments and provide results to departmental requests

  • Identify opportunities for improvement and work with team to continually improve SDI

  • Assist in tours and educational programs


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be knowledgeable in operant conditioning and classical conditioning, both in theory and with hands-on experience, and be able to apply these to training Hearing, Service and Facility Dogs

  • Minimum of a high school diploma. Some college or a college degree is preferred.

  • At least 2 years’ experience training dogs.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

  • Ability to speak to Guests and Team Members.

  • Physical Demands:

    • Able to remain on one’s feet, standing, walking, bending and/or stooping on cement for extended periods.

    • Being outside in all weather

    • Occasionally lift and move up to 50 pounds

    • Ability to understand and navigate animal body language and temperament

  • Basic math skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to use and/or learn Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs and SalesForce

  • Have a good understanding and proficiency in canine health and husbandry techniques

  • Have a valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation

  • Ability to work full time in Dripping Springs, Texas Applicants please send resume and cover letter to

About Us

Service Dogs, Inc. (SDI) is a 36-year-old nonprofit that adopts shelter dogs and trains them as Assistance Dogs free of charge. SDI operates from a 6-acre campus in Dripping Springs, Texas, near Austin.

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