Entry-level dog handler

Happy Dogs NYC - New York, NY

Full-time | Part-time
[NOTE: we have regular interviews on an ongoing basis. Feel free to apply even if this ad is old, as we are likely to have an interview slot coming up.]

Get paid to work with dogs - no experience necessary. We will train you. $15.50 to $17/hour, full-time or part-time.


We are a growing and well-loved dog daycare looking to hire full-time and part-time dog handlers to join our tight-knit staff.

No dog experience needed. More important is having a calm but assertive personality and energy. We will teach you all skills needed. If you have the right stuff, we will mold you into a true pack leader, having the right presence and authority to command the respect of the dogs - which translates to being effective with people too.

This is a very active position - it's not just sitting around playing with dogs. You must have high energy and love moving around all day.

Throughout your shift you will clean pee and poop, feed dogs, give dogs baths, check on dog's health, and drop off or pick up dogs. You will be the referee of play for the dogs as they play with each other. And yes, you will play with them also! You will also sometimes do dog walks and pick-ups and drop-offs by foot and/or by riding in our van (with someone else driving). You will also learn about dog health and how to give dog first aid.

We have both full-time and part-time positions available. Weekday morning shifts start at 7am and weekday afternoon shifts end at 8pm.


You should love dogs - you must truly care about their well-being; making them happy makes you happy
Always on-time - if you aren't, you won't last with us
Hard-working - this is a physical job, not just sitting around playing with dogs
Good memory for names - you'll be tested on which dog has what name
Can follow systems and protocols - we run an tight shop and you must follow the way we do things
Good team member - get along with your teammates and communicate well
Contactable - must have working phone
Committed - want something you can stick with and grow with for at least a year
If you pass probation at $15/hour, you will be raised to at least $15.50. If you do well, you can be promoted to $17/hour or even more. We always promote from within. Also, a perk available to all staff is the ability to bring your own dog to daycare every day for almost free.