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Sat Apr 07, 2018 07:15 AM - Sat May 19, 2018 02:30 PM


1665 Old Moultrie RdSaint Augustine, FL 32084
Carolyn Hall, our dog trainer, showing the effects of her positive training techniques.



Because behavioral issues are one of the main reasons pet parents relinquish their pets, we are proud to offer dog training services to those parents who are having trouble communicating with their pet through the Dogs Are Family Dog Training program. The ultimate goal of the program is to keep each dog in their home for life through positive reinforcement training, and by providing a fun and positive atmosphere where pets and families can bond! Each dog training program lasts for six weeks and will meet on Saturdays. Volunteers will be needed to stay for the duration of the classes, and to help set up and take down.

One of the most important aspects of the Dog Trainer’s Assistant position is that this volunteer must be committed to positive reinforcement training, as that is the cornerstone of Carolyn Hall’s training method. As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Carolyn is committed to force-free and fear-free training, and the Volunteer Assistant must be as well. Volunteer Assistants do not need to be certified as a Dog Trainer, nor do they need previous dog training experience, as they will be receiving on-the-job training. However, the Volunteer Assistant must abide by the force-free and fear-free methods or they will be asked to leave the program. This is a fun and exciting position, and we’re looking for someone as equally happy as Carolyn is about helping animals and their families.


  • Support the safe and positive training environment as developed by the Dog Trainer
  • Assist Dog Trainer as directed during classes
  • Help maintain a positive and professional atmosphere
  • Ensure that correct information is disseminated to all participants
  • Assist with set-up and take-down of training equipment


  • Must abide by the positive reinforcement methods as instructed by Carolyn Hall
  • Must be eager to have fun and learn!
  • Must be able to attend dog training classes
  • Must be able to lift training equipment
  • Must wear tennis shoes, modest shorts without tears, a modest top without offensive content
  • Background check and signed waiver

There will be an "on the job" training program. You will be working directly under the guidance of the dog trainer, who will provide thorough instructions until you fully understand the curriculum and proven training methods. Volunteer Assistants will be required to follow direct instructions from the Dog Trainer, and must follow correct positive reinforcement techniques.

The St. Augustine Humane Society promotes healthy, responsible, lifelong pet ownership in our community. We offer many important services to help pet parents keep their pets, rather than relinquishing them to an animal shelter. Some of the services we offer include our low cost, high volume spay/neuter program, our low cost wellness clinic, positive reinforcement dog training classes, and a pet food pantry. We rely on talented and dedicated volunteers to assist with these programs, and to ensure that all pets and pet parents receive the care and services they need. By offering low-cost veterinary services and serving as a resource center for our community, we are able to provide affordable assistance to all, making our clinic the only one of its kind in St. Johns County.


  • Animal Care / Handling

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Saturday Mornings
  • If under 18, parent or guardian's permission

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