dogma is hiring and we are seeking compassionate and driven individuals who are looking for more than ‘just a job’! Our ongoing growth is creating exceptional opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment throughout our organization. Each new team member must be a knowledgeable and passionate individual who is proud to recommend dogma as a place to work, who believes in our vision and philosophy, and who is committed to delivering a superior customer experience. You will gain the opportunity to work with others who share your values and commitment. We seek individuals who are passionate about animal welfare, have great people skills and are driven to grow and advance in their careers with us. If you believe in the proper care and handling of dogs and are passionate about their well-being, do not miss a chance to work with the company that is setting the standards for dog care and training.
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Do you love dogs and dream of a career working with them? Do not miss your chance to join our training team! The dogma family is a tight-knit team of like-minded individuals who celebrate each other’s successes, encourage, empower and support one another.
We are the only dog care facility in Calgary where every team member is a certified dog trainer or being paid to earn their certification through us. We are looking for hard working and committed individuals with excellent dog and human communication skills. We specialize in providing a welcoming, safe and comfortable environment for our clients and their dogs.
dogma believes in education and a key incentive of this position is a personalized continuing education plan to help you become a certified dog trainer, along with multiple day school and training options for your own dog(s) and an incredible opportunity for growth within the company!
You must have patience and a calm demeanor, be comfortable with groups of dogs and be willing to do lots of cleaning and loving! We require someone for a full-time position. Schedules will vary but potential candidates must be available Monday – Friday between 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and varying evening and weekend shifts. Life is too short; start investing in yourself and start the path to your dream job today!
If you have the determination to pursue personal and professional self-improvement, want to drive change in the dog care industry and get energy from working in a fast-paced and innovative environment, email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why this would be your dream job. Feel free to submit a video in lieu of a cover letter! We are looking for creative and motivated individuals who want a career with us, so let us know why we should choose you!
dogma has been recognized for its culture and focus on developing its team. We work hard to provide a team experience that offers fulfillment, personal and professional growth, and support, while having fun. The job requires work ethic and creative thinking, so individuals that are driven and motivated to continually improve are ideal team members for dogma. It is not just about playing with puppies, but about doing all that we can to ensure the overall well-being of each dog in our care. This can be a physically and emotionally demanding job that provides incredible rewards. But, who ever said that changing the world would be easy? At dogma, we work every day to lead meaningful change to improve the lives of dogs and the people who love them. Are you a change-maker? Apply today!
Born and raised in Calgary, Natasha has always been an animal lover and grew up with cats and dogs her whole life. She always knew she wanted to work with animals but didn’t know in what capacity, enjoying dog walking and pet sitting as a part-time job here and there. As an adult, her and her boyfriend had their first “furbaby” Revy, a Maremma x Shepherd mix, and Rosa, a short-haired tabby cat. After researching dog classes all over Calgary, Natasha discovered Dogma’s puppy socialization classes and fell in love with their values, their program, and their people. She is now working toward her DCBC certification as a day school attendant and loves the opportunity to continue learning about dog behaviour and their bonds with humans. Revy still takes her dog classes very seriously and is well on her way to becoming a Dogma certified Urban K9!
Sheena was born and raised in Calgary Alberta but spent most of her free time on her family farm just outside Edmonton. Her passion for animals started at a young age with her first volunteer position at her local neighbourhood pet store. Sheena has over 10 years of experience working with dogs at various kennels and daycares. She couldn’t imagine herself doing anything other than caring for our four-legged companions so naturally becoming a trainer appealed to her. Sheena looks forward to completing her training through the dogma Academy and obtaining her DCBC certificate.
Bri moved to Calgary in September from Winnipeg and has always had a love for animals, especially dogs which she grew up with most of her life. Bri’s goals are to further her knowledge of dogs and help change the world. She is currently working towards getting her Handling Certificate at dogma and enjoys spending her free time with her dog Goose and exploring the beautiful city!
Nicole grew up in a small village in Germany surrounded by wildlife and pets such as dogs, cats and bunnies. She has been an animal lover ever since and has worked with numerous rescue foundations while travelling New Zealand, South East Asia and Europe. She moved to Calgary in 2017 and right away started volunteering with a small local rescue named Pause4change. Dogma works closely with this wonderful group so Nicole heard about dogma and immediately applied for a job. Nicole started a Client Care Specialist at the Chinook location. She demonstrated great skills with the dogs and quickly moved on learn more about the dog’s behaviour. Nicole is enrolled in the dogma Academy and becoming a certified dog trainer as a big goal for her future.
Alyshia has loved animals all of her life and got involved with dog training at the age of 14 when she started to do agility training with her sheltie Akira. Akira and Alyshia have earned many titles together in the sports of agility and rally obedience. Alyshia enjoyed dog training so much that she enrolled in dogma’s apprenticeship program to become a certified trainer and later became an employee at dogma! Alyshia loves working with day school dogs and teaching group classes. She really enjoys seeing all the progress that both the dogs and their people make!
Taylor’s passion for dogs started when he was young. Taylor Grew up with his dog Kobe for the past 14 years and has since adopted his new addition to the family, Cogsworth. When Taylor adopted Cogsworth he attended puppy classes and it sparked his interest into the world of dogs. Through his research he discovered dogma and had his eye set on becoming part of the team. Taylor is a pet lover as well as a people person and has joined our team as our Client Care Specialist at our Chinook location. Taylor is loving learning about the dogs and getting to build relationships with clients!
Elizabeth grew up rescuing elderly cats and was raised with an avid passion for animal welfare.
Her current sidekick is an adorable Australian Cattle dog, named Zeus who was adopted from her local shelter. After graduating from University with an Anthropology degree which focused on human and animal relationships across cultures, she knew she needed to find an occupation which continued to allow her to follow this passion. Elizabeth is excited to grow with Dogma and is currently working towards her DCBC certification.
Melanie grew up with both cats and dogs in her household and eventually adopted her own two dogs, Apollo and Jinx. With a lack of understanding on how to train the two pups, and wanting to know more about their behaviour, she searched for some kind of course to help her. She had found dogma’s apprenticeship program, which led her on an amazing journey where she received her DCBC designation! Melanie loves working with the dogs in the day school each day and enjoys teaching group classes to help families build a strong relationship with their dogs.
Megan Stanley became one of the first four trainers in Canada to earn the Certified Behavior Consultant Canine, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). It’s her passion, guidance, and on-going education that keeps dogma at the top of the game, using only humane training practices and the latest scientific knowledge. Megan was nominated for the Alberta Women’s Entrepreneur 2015 Celebration of Achievement Award, and is the Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Chair, Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
Hailee is an avid animal lover with a passion for working with dogs. Teaching classes is a complete joy for her. Hailee’s goal as a classroom instructor is to help all her students gain the foundation needed to have a long and happy life with their pets. She shares her home with her wiener dog Turbo and her cat Sheldon. Sheldon is leash trained so he goes out on walks to explore the world with his brother and comes to dogma to help us with training and classes.
Kristina grew up on a farm, spending her days playing with a variety of pets, farm animals and various rescued wildlife but it was a rambunctious puppy,Chica, that lead her to dogma. After taking the class she was hooked. She obtained her DCBCE designation, CPDT-KA, and her CPDT-KSA. She shares her home with her dog Chica and her four cats Mico, Hefner , Lynx and Cheeto.
Rachelle has lived in Calgary since she was 10 years old. She has always had a special love for dogs, and she is grateful for the human-canine bond. After struggling to find the right career path she now gets to work with dogs every day, which is a dream come true. She hopes to learn as much as she can about dog behaviour and training through Dogma with the goal of becoming a trainer.
Adria was born and raised in Calgary, and has been surrounded by dogs her whole life. Adria graduated from university with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, majoring in zoology. She has enjoyed working at dogma, she has completed dogma’s Apprenticeship Program and is now working as one of our group class trainers and is a Lead in the day school. She loves coming to day school to cuddle and play with all the furry friends!
Megan has grown up with dogs her whole life, and has loved being around them for as long as she can remember. She has worked in the dog daycare world for over ten years, and still loves it. Her main passion in life is helping dogs, and to further that desire she will continue her education on dogs and their behaviours. Megan has three beautiful rescue dogs, and she is proud to be a member of the dogma team.
Lynn came to dog training after adopting her first rescue dog Cody, who was extremely reactive. In order to better help him, she completed a two year program in Ottawa at a dog training school. She is passionate about training and hopes to eventually get her CPDT-KA. She loves practicing agility with Cody (although they don’t compete due to his fears around crowds), and scent training with her other dog Buffy. Lynn is a lover of the outdoors and passionate about including dogs in her pursuits.
Kris completed dogma’s Dog Trainer Apprenticeship Program, and was one of our first students to fast-track the program and graduate with honours! He credits many positive changes in his life to his two pitbulls, Duke and Mya, which includes marrying dogma’s owner, Megan. They are both great advocates for the bully breed, and use Duke to help many fearful/reactive dogs overcome their challenges. Kris works primarily in our Reactive urbanK9 classes and quickly becomes each dog’s favourite person.
As a child, Teresa was constantly trying to add to her already full household with a “lost” dog, or a kitten who just happened to “follow” her home — Her mom had her work cut out for her! Not surprisingly, she started her own family that includes two dogs, Tria & Tydus, a bird named Buttons, her dog Dixon, and her cat Sheldon. Obtaining her DCBC is just the start for Teresa. She plans to continue her education in canine behavior because she loves working with dogs and their owners, strengthening their relationship and understanding of one another.
Ashley grew up just south of Okotoks on an acreage, and has always had a passion for animals. When she entered into the Primate Behaviour program at the U of C, she knew a career with animals was her calling. She is has also completed the Apprenticeship Program and is now working as a trainer.
Shelley has had a huge passion for animals since she can remember. After graduating from college and starting her own business in equine therapy, She realized she had strayed away from her primary passion- working with dogs. She successfully completed the dogma Apprenticeship Program and achieved her goal of receiving her CPDT-KA designation. Shelley is particularly interested in working with reactive dogs and further understanding canine behaviour through continuing education.
Fear Free Certified Professional
Melinda grew up on a farm with many animals, including dogs, horses, cats, bunnies, birds and even a pet skunk! She brought her dog, Ben, to dogma for training because she fell in love with dogma’s philosophies, and became there she enamoured with it all. She obtained her DCBC designation and plans to achieve her CPDT-KA designation. She is excited to help dogs and dog owners grow their relationships into a very special bond.
Deanne grew up on Vancouver Island in BC, and moved to Calgary with her partner Evan in 2016. She was raised with a love and curiosity about all animals, but has always felt a special bond with dogs. She worked in many different industries in Victoria, and has always wanted to work with animals. When she moved to Calgary, she started working as a dog walker, and loved every minute of it. She wanted to continue learning about dogs and dog behaviour, and hopes to one day become a trainer. She is very proud to have joined the team at dogma and started her career working to improve the lives of dogs.