Our Dog Trainers take a personal interest in providing quality training for dogs and valuable education to our pet parent customers. Your positive approach to dog training and deep understanding of canine behavior will enable you to conduct dog-training classes while consulting with pet parents to solve training and behavioral issues. You’ll also help nurture the bonds between dogs and their pet parents by using positive reinforcement.
We offer group classes for puppies and adult dogs, as well as seminars and workshops, the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification, and private lessons. Our methodology utilizes proven, science-based training principles based on research conducted by internationally renowned psychologist and behaviorist, B.F. Skinner.
To prepare for their work at Petco, our Professional Dog Trainers undergo an intense 16-week training program that’s updated yearly with the most cutting-edge methods, ideas, and principles. So you’ll become an expert at understanding dog behaviors, and you’ll learn the most effective new techniques to help build the human-pet bond.
Dog Trainer Apprentice
Our Dog Trainer Apprenticeship is a comprehensive training program that prepares you for the role of Dog Trainer in your store. As the primary resource for Petco’s Positive Dog Training program, you’ll enhance communication and teamwork between dogs and pet parents by offering positive solutions and rewarding success, while providing a fun and safe environment for dogs, pet parents, and store partners.
In this role, you’ll help lead your store’s Positive Dog Training program. You’ll be responsible for reaching the store’s budgeted sales goals, as well as educating and engaging all store partners. You’ll follow our Positive Dog Training curricula and methodologies to help pet parents build trust and teamwork with their dogs. You’ll also act as a subject matter expert for our training program, products, services, and in-store promotions, as you strengthen relationships through fun, educational training.
Senior Dog Trainer
As a Dog Training Mentor, you’ll be responsible for delivering all program offerings and maintaining operational standards within your store. In this role, you’ll educate and engage store partners while driving Dog Training sales and fostering a collaborative culture within the store. You’ll lead store education and communication for new training offerings, program changes, in-store events, and other training initiatives. You’ll also train, guide, and develop current Dog Trainers for the Senior Dog Trainer position.