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Become a Part of Praline’s Backyard Legacy: Tailoring Care for Atlanta's Beloved Dogs

At Praline’s Backyard Dog Services, we are driven by a singular mission: to provide unparalleled care for dogs whose guardians are navigating demanding schedules and wanting to ensure their dogs are given the utmost care and attention.

Within our team of dedicated Dog Enrichment Specialists, we have created an environment where every dog receives the highest level of attention they truly deserve. As a specialist, your responsibilities will encompass various aspects, including invigorating dog walks, engaging backyard play sessions, feeding, expert medication administration, and, perhaps most importantly, the constant outpouring of love and affectionate belly rubs!

 Join us in making a real difference in the lives of these awesome dogs. Become a part of our team, where you’ll play a pivotal role in ensuring dogs feel cherished, content, and loved.

The Position: Canine Enrichment Specialist

Are you a passionate enthusiast of all things furry and four-legged? Or perhaps you have a soft spot specifically for dogs? At Praline’s Backyard Dog Services, we’re eager to find individuals who align with our values and mission. We’ve detailed the role of our Canine Enrichment Specialist below. Take a moment, perhaps with your favorite tea in hand, and delve into the specifics of partnering with us. We’re excited to learn more about you and hope to chat further during an interview!

The Job

What does a Canine Enrichment Specialist do?

Your responsibilities as a Canine Enrichment Specialist include driving to appointments, using our mobile app to check in/out of appointments, providing fear free care,  and sharing engaging updates with pictures to keep our clients informed about their dogs. 

Compensation

Canine Enrichment Specialist at Praline’s Backyard averages $15 per hour plus gratuity during their initial 90 days. Our pay structure includes:

 After a successful 90-day review, our employees receive a pay increase, with further increments at 6 and 12 months. Our long-standing team members can earn between $15-$20 per hour, dependent on their tenure and availability.

Our Canine Enrichment Specialist Primary Responsibilities:

  • The overall safety and well-being of the dogs in their care
  • The safety and security of the home in which the dogs live
  • Relaying peace of mind through clear communication, quality photos, constant positive interaction with dog and knowledge of pet care.
  • Foster dog happiness through play, love, stimulation, manners training, activity and overall positive interaction with the pets in their care
  •  Following specific instructions, paying attention to detail and attending to the “small things.”

We provide dog services seven days a week, from 6am to 10pm. As a Canine Enrichment Specialist, we expect a minimum 6-month commitment following a successful background check and training completion.

Your day will primarily involve delivering abundant affection and attention to dogs of all sizes. Comfort and skill in caring for dogs of all sizes are essential for this role.

The role is active, with dog care visits ranging from 30 to 60 minutes. Part of your duties will involve driving to and from appointments. We aim to keep visits geographically close, there is rarely an occasion where you would drive more than 15 minutes between appointments.

Our Canine Enrichment Specialists are continuous learners, utilizing resources like online portals, books, videos, and team training. The job demands constant physical activity – playing with dogs, cleaning up after them, engaging in walks, picking up toys – there is rarely a moment to sit idle. On the positive side, you are paid for spending time outdoors, engaging with lovable dogs, and staying active!

You should have a smartphone equipped with a high-quality camera and a robust battery. A high or unlimited data limit is also crucial as our team uses an employee app for GPS tracking of visits, accessing dog information, and communication with clients.

Working at Praline’s Backyard Dog Services offers flexible scheduling that can be tailored to fit around your school, work, or family schedules, given adequate notice. This role is not suited for frequent sick days, but with proper notice, most schedules can be accommodated.

The amount of work you are scheduled for depends upon:

  • Your availability schedule
  • The reservations we have booked 
  • We do not guarantee a minimum number of hours or monetary compensation

 

Schedules change weekly, it’s possible to have a sequence of one or two appointments, take a short unpaid break, and then continue with more dog care visits.

For operational efficiency, no friends, family, or pets are allowed during visits or in your vehicle during appointments.

 Note: Peak demand is observed during holidays. If you’re unavailable for three or more major holidays, your application may not be prioritized. Our peak seasons include Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, and the 4th of July week.

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Application

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Are you willing to communicate with the team during off days and off hours?(Required)
May we perform a criminal multi-state and national background check on you?(Required)
Do you have rain gear that will keep you dry?(Required)
Do you feel comfortable driving/walking in inclement weather (including ice, snow and heavy rain)?(Required)

Please check the boxes of ALL the holidays that you ARE available to work. *Please note that because our demand is the HEAVIEST over holiday times, if you are unavailable for one or more holidays, you may not be considered for the position. Our heaviest demand times throughout the year are: Thanksgiving Week, Christmas Week, Spring Break Week and July 4th Week.*

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Dog Enrichment Specialist Schedule Availability: Please select the shift(s) you are available for each day of the week. Our hours of visitations range from 7 am through (generally starting no later than) 10 pm. This will help us determine how we can best work together in the future. Please keep in mind the hours that you expect to be available for the next six months. Thank you!

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