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Canine Resources Manager - California, USA


With other relevant staff, participate the development, education, and application of standards of canine training, socialization, and husbandry as applied to puppies in the puppy raising and socialization programs. Trains and develops staff and volunteers in applying such standards.

Working with Community Field Representatives (CFRs) and other relevant staff determines the readiness of dogs for recall into training.  Counsels CFRs in the application of plans and techniques for individual dogs.

Work in conjunction with the Director of Breeding and Canine Development in managing programs that apply to puppies in the kennel and in the field.

Develop, execute, and document test programs and new protocols within the puppy raising department. Supervise activities of other CFRs and puppy socialization staff in executing and documenting these test programs. 

Work with the Puppy Socialization Coordinator, the CFRs, the Puppy Raising Manager, Puppy Raising Administrative staff and other relevant staff to ensure that puppies placed in raiser homes are effective matches for that home.  Work with these same groups and individuals to transfer puppies from a less-successful home to one with more opportunity for success for that individual puppy. 

Responsible for volunteer staff’s understanding and application of GDB guidelines relevant to the care and development of puppies in their care. 

Evaluate canine behavior and temperament as needed; identify and address training or behavioral challenges quickly, developing and applying protocols specific to each dog’s needs.

Conduct periodic hands-on training workshops for staff, raisers, leaders and volunteers to improve their understanding of our socialization and training standards.

Oversees a limited number of puppy raising clubs to assist in the development of new programs and educational tools and to ensure the incumbent’s familiarity with puppy raising practices.

Develop written and video educational materials to support the well-being and social/training development of puppies in raiser homes. 

Assist dog placement staff in identifying career change dogs for placements of dogs in roles as K9 Buddies or in roles with other organizations. Assist with specialized dog placements.

Approve all CFR spay/neuter requests, career change requests, and the assignment of puppies/dogs to campus for additional training or behavior modification  Working with CFRs and other relevant staff determine the readiness of individual dogs for recall into training. 

Approves the release, retention, spay/neuter, transfer, recall or other status changes for puppies in the puppy raising program.

Working in collaboration with the Puppy Raising Manager, act as a conduit of information to CFRs from Training, Veterinary Clinic, or other GDB dog programs. 

Supervises and directs the Puppy Socializing Coordinator, puppy socializing volunteers and puppy socialization operation and the puppy truck drivers.

Represent GDB at events or other activities both within GDB and with the general public. 

Undertake other duties as needed, such as participating in projects, special events, and departmental planning.

Adhere to our organization's safety policies and procedures and encourage others to do the same. Promptly reports incidents and accidents according to campus procedures.



Knowledgeable in canine theory and skilled in canine behavior management.  A minimum of five years’ experience in assessing dogs’ health, temperaments and behaviors and/or conducting dog training, behavior modification, and placement with the corresponding ability to translate theory into effective dog handling. 

A proven ability to effectively teach others in individual and group settings.

Demonstrates excellent interpersonal presentation and analytical skills.  Ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with a diverse staff, volunteers, and community in a professional manner at all times both written and verbally, including in sensitive situations. 

Customer-service oriented with prior experience interacting with the public.

Excellent time management skills with the ability to work independently and meet set deadlines.  Self-starter with excellent communication skills (verbal, written, presentation) and the ability to lead others.

Ability to use standard office equipment and computer programs and databases related to performance of the work, including Microsoft Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point).

Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable through GDB at normal risk rates. 

Be able to safely handle a variety of large breed dogs, weighing up to 90 pounds with varying strength and manageability.  Ability to safely lift 40 pounds.  Employees are required to seek assistance when lifting dogs or objects weighing more than 40 pounds. 

Undergraduate degree required or equitable experience. Canine behavior certification highly desirable - IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior), ACAB (Association of Companion Animal Behavior), CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers), KPA (Karen Pryor Academy)

Travel as assigned which may include weekends, nights and early mornings as needed. 



Full-time, exempt position

Organisation: Guide Dogs for the Blind

Website: www.guidedogs.com

Contact: Alima Connan recruiting@guidedogs.com

Closing date: Position will remain open until filled.