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Having been the Vail Valley’s premier dog day care center for the past 20+ years, we are the go-to choice for dog owners who want only the best for their dogs.

Because of our continued growth we are looking to expand our energetic, friendly and personable team.

Dog Handler

Our dog handler position is focused on creating a safe environment for our dogs to interact, play and learn. This position is focused on increasing positive experiences for the dogs, and also the overall function of the daycare.

The dog handler position is an individual who has experience working with dogs, as it requires patience and diligence. They should have a strong desire to lead while balancing being a team player. They must share a passion for animal behavior and the relationships that humans have with their dogs.
As with all of our staff we expect a desire to internalize the mission, purpose, values and goals of Walkin’ The Dog.

The ideal candidate is friendly and able to be flexible with the dogs in the group as their energy level as it changes throughout the day. Our dog handlers need to be great communicators to achieve an atmosphere that conducive for our dogs and staff.

Main Responsibilities

A dog handler will work directly with manager/owner on duty.

Key Areas of Responsibility include:

  • Monitor and evaluate the dogs in daycare.
  • Maintain a safe environment for both dogs and employees
  • Execute daily schedule of walking/potty breaks, play yard time.
  • Feeding the dogs.
  • Participates in overall cleaning of daycare to maintain safe and healthy environment.
  • Must have ability to work as a team, communicating with managers/owners as well as be able to lead junior handlers.

Skills, knowledge and abilities needed

  • Demonstrate and support positive person interactions with all staff
  • Have an ability to interact and communicate effectively with team members
  • Must be able to stay focused and flexible and sometimes chaotic environment
  • Being able to grasp new information and put into action
  • Have attention to detail
  • Ability to learn from mistakes and move on
  • Must have some experience and background in dog behavior

Good to Know

  • We are looking to add 2-3 team members over the next couple of months. This is a year round business.
  • This position is a part time position that can grow into a full-time position for the right candidate.
  • Most “shifts” will happen Monday through Friday between 7:30AM – 7:00PM, so no need to work weekends and/or late nights.
  • Pay: $15-$18/hour DOE
  • Extra perks provided: Free Daycare for your dog, steep discounts for other services, stay on bonus $750 cash after 6 months.


Our Walkin The Dog Day Care Manager is responsible for the daily operations of the Day Care facility and care of the animals kept under their supervision. This positions is ideal for an individual who wants to combine his or her professional skills and abilities in an challenging but rewarding environment.

Next to running the daily operations, this position will be focused on implementing new software in our day-to-day business , increasing customer value and the overall function of the daycare and growth of Walkin’ The Dog’s brand.

A person in this position will work directly with the owners and must be an expert in communication skills needed for dealing with a multitude of clients and their dogs. This position depends on articulating scenarios in communication with many facets of the business.

This position should be a person that is friendly and high energy and maintains a proper appearance as a person/representative of Walkin’ The Dog. They must share a deep passion for animal behavior and the relationships that humans have with their dogs, including a desire to understand and internalize the mission, purpose, values and goals of Walkin’ The Dog.

Equally as important this person should have integrity and will be professional at their job with the best intentions for the growth of Walkin The Dog.

Key areas of responsibilities:

  • Coordinating and overseeing daily operations of the day care
  • Hiring, training, and supervising other day care  workers
  • Creating work schedules
  • Developing and enforcing company’s policies and procedures
  • Scheduling boarding appointments
  • Ensuring cages, runs, and the overall facility is cleaned on a regular basis
  • Ensuring the animals are groomed, fed, exercised, and generally cared for
  • Monitoring the behavior of boarded animals
  • Maintaining an accurate client database
  • Answer phones and emails and correspondence with clients and interested parties
  • At times be available to: Meet and greet clients, take any pertinent information about dogs and pass on to team members
  • Communication with senior dog handler’s, and owners about the dogs and daily activities
  • Responsible for keeping front room and entrance area tidy and clean.

Skills, knowledge and abilities needed

  • Management experience, including HR and managing people.
  • Computer software knowledge
  • Ability to create schedules, to do list, calendars, notices, charts, flyers etc.
  • Have a natural ability to interact and communicate effectively with people all ages and backgrounds
  • Must be able to multitask be productive focused and flexible and sometimes chaotic environment
  • Organization and attention to detail
  • Able to grasp new information and put into action
  • background in dog behavior a plus but not necessary

Good to know

  • Primary focus of this position is to streamline administrative role with new software and organize and direct day-to-day business.
  • This position will primarily take place in the front of the house and can be 30 hours or more Monday through Friday. Hours are flexible.
  • This is a salaried position. Starting salary $48,000.
  • Extra perks provided: bring tour dog to work, discounts for other services offered, stay on bonus after six months

Apply online or Email resume and a short cover letter stating your interest in the position and why you believe you would be a good addition to our team. Inquires without resume and cover letter will not be considered.