Careers at Crossbones

Make your passion a career

At Crossbones Dog Academy, we are as committed to our crew members as we are to our clients and their dogs.

Crossbones is a fast-paced and dog-centric environment. We’re looking for crew members who are responsible, show up to work on time, love working hard & laughing often, and who want to make a difference in the lives of dogs and their owners every day. Does that sound like you?

Current Job Openings

last updated: 3/19/2023

Crossbones Dog Academy is a dog training & daycare facility with a unique Day School program that combines daycare and training for dogs and puppies. At this time, we are looking for full-time Dog Training Assistants (40 hours per week) who want to make positive dog training their career. Interested candidates MUST be available to work a set schedule Monday through Friday of either 6:40AM-3:10PM or 10AM-6:30PM, as well as weekday evening availability to attend dog training classes.

Tasks include, but are not limited to, supervising educational playgroups of dogs solo (1-10 dogs) or with one other attendant (10-15 dogs), indoors and outdoors, in all weather and temperatures. This includes cleaning up after the dogs, rewarding dogs for good behavior, gently but firmly interrupting and redirecting dogs engaging in undesirable behavior, taking pictures and videos of the dogs for social media content, and reporting the dogs’ behavior verbally and in writing. Dog Training Assistants also help as needed with filling food-dispensing toys and distributing them to dogs, taking dogs outside for individual potty breaks, and cleaning the facility.

After learning our dog training curriculum hands-on from our training staff and demonstrating understanding, Dog Training Assistants are promoted (with a raise) to Junior Dog Trainers, completing daytime training sessions for dogs in our training programs. 

Our team members participate in open and frequent communication in person, over walkie talkies, and digitally through Slack. We’re looking for someone we can rely on, a new team member who works hard, has strong communication skills, and who loves dogs AND people. Are you our next team member?

Prior animal-related employment experience is required. This position has lots of room for growth. We have a clear growth trajectory for team members in this position to become fully-fledged Professional Dog Trainers. 

Candidates for this position must have…

  • 1+ year employment experience working with animals, preferably dogs
  • Previous experience with clicker training and positive reinforcement dog training
  • Passion to learn more about teaching dogs and their owners
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills
  • A strong desire to be part of a team committed to personal and professional excellence. We strive to be great dog trainers, great dog owners, and great people!

Pay is hourly, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and starting at $16.50 per hour. Full-time employees are eligible for health & dental insurance, a continuing education stipend, tuition assistance for Karen Pryor Academy, and retirement contributions.

Are you our next team member?

Fill out our online job application and give us the details! We’d love to get to know you. 

If you…

  • Love training dogs & teaching people
  • Believe in a positive reinforcement based, LIMA approach to dog training
  • Are comfortable teaching group classes, private training lessons, and remote lessons via Zoom
  • Want to spend some of your time training dogs hands-on, without the owner present
  • Have a strong desire to be part of a team committed to personal and professional excellence
  • Have at least one of the following: 2+ years experience teaching group classes, private lessons, and/or behavior consulting (with professional & client references) AND/OR have earned KPA CTP, CPDT-KA or higher, or other comparable R+ training certification from an independent organization

We offer…

  • Competitive hourly pay, commensurate with experience and qualifications, plus commission for hours spent instructing clients ($45k-$70k+ annually)
  • A consistent 40-hour work week
  • Health & dental insurance contributions
  • Annual continuing education stipend
  • Tuition assistance for Karen Pryor Academy
  • SIMPLE IRA retirement plan contributions
  • Free dog training classes
  • 20-40% discount on retail store items like pet food & supplies

Crossbones Dog Academy is a positive dog training & daycare facility in Providence, RI with a variety of programs, including our flagship Puppy Day School program which combines daycare and training for young puppies. 

Are you our next team member?

Fill out our online job application and give us the details! We’d love to get to know you. 

Compensation includes…

  • Competitive hourly wages

  • Health & dental insurance with employer contributions

  • Retirement plan with employer match
  • Paid time off
  • Retail store discount (20-40%)

  • Free dog training classes

  • Annual continuing education stipend

  • Tuition assistance to Karen Pryor Academy

We believe our clients’ dogs deserve reliable, dedicated caretakers who earn a living wage for the hard work they perform. We hire all of our crew members as full-time employees. This means all of our employees are eligible for these benefits.

Please use our online application to apply for a position at Crossbones. Our receptionist team is not involved with the hiring process, so please do not call, text, or e-mail to inquire about your application. If we are interested in moving forward, we will reach out to you in 1-5 business days with next steps. Thank you!

Crossbones is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all clients & employees.