We're Hiring!

Part-Time Dog Trainer (Independent Contractor)

Are you a dog behavior geek? Do you love working with people? Are you a fan of positive/LIMA training methods?

Animal Insight is looking for an experienced dog trainer to provide in-home training and teach classes for our clients and their pups. Our goal is to provide clients, their dogs, and ourselves with more joy and less stress! We are as skilled in coaching humans as we are in training dogs. Our clients are generally warm, well-educated, and want to learn. This part-time role has the potential to become a full-time/employee role in the future for the right candidate.

The Dog Trainer’s role will include...

  • Providing professional-level private training sessions.

  • Traveling to clients' homes.

  • Appointment prep and post-appointment write ups for each session.

  • Supporting clients between sessions via email and phone.

  • Attending, assisting in, and teaching group classes. 

  • Adhering to the Animal Insight Safety Guidelines for COVID whenever in contact with clients.

  • And other tasks that develop as the business continues to grow.


  • Effective teaching and coaching skills, both one-on-one and in small groups.

  • Outstanding communication skills with colleagues as well as clients.

  • Dog training certification: CPDT-KA/KSA, KPA CPT, CTC, or similar.

  • Operant conditioning knowledge and physical skills. (Excellent verbal marker timing and reward placement skills don’t go unnoticed here!) 

  • Availability to work at least 2 days per week (excluding Saturday afternoons and Sundays). Appointments occur primarily during the day, with up to two night sessions per week (6:00/6:30 pm). Happy to learn about your schedule and see how we can make work with us most sustainable for you.

  • Ability to drive within Animal Insight’s service radius. (See the bottom of the page at https://www.animal-insight.com.) 

  • Willingness to learn new skills.

  • Assisting in filming instructional videos for clients.

Bonus Skill (Not necessary, but appreciated!)

  • Desire to take on behavior modification cases, such as for leash reactivity, aggression, fearfulness, separation anxiety, etc. (Any candidate who wishes to do this will need to have a certification or related degree.)


  • Pay for in-home training and classes is per session. For well-qualified candidates, it starts at $60 per session. This number is dependent on experience and negotiable. (This would average out to about $30/hour including travel and post-appointment write ups for an efficient person.)

  • Before being assigned to your own clients and classes, you’ll go through training for your role. This way, you’ll feel confident and skilled in Animal Insight’s methods. Pay during human training is $22/hour.

About Animal Insight

Animal Insight is an owner-run business in Morrisville, NC. We help clients train their pups with more joy and less stress though expert-level, positive, science-based training. We specialize in family dog training for puppies and adolescents. (And we also see adult dogs!)

To Apply

If this sounds like something you’d love to learn more about, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s how to apply:

  1. Send your resume and (optionally) cover letter to
    liz@animal-insight.com. Please include “Dog Trainer” in the subject line.

  2. Fill out and submit this questionnaire.

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