Ruff Mutts is Hiring a Dog Trainer, Adventure Guide, & Customer Care Rep

 

Hello all! We are hiring! If you or anyone you know would be a good fit for the position described below, please let them know we are hiring.

Thank you!

Rae

 

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Company Overview:

Ruff Mutts, located in NE Portland, OR is a full service dog training, exercising, and pet sitting business that provides honest, reliable, flexible, and affordable pet care to Portland residents. We love what we do. We have a small team of 6.

Application Process:

*Serious inquiries only. We look forward to hearing from you if you qualify as listed below.*

1) Absolutely no high school students seeking after school work will be considered. Must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

2) Please submit your cover letter and resume with your job history and references to the email above (no phone calls please).

3) In person interviews, background check, and a basic exam may be requested.

4) We aim to hire for this position by December 15th, 2017.

Position Overview:

– Ruff Mutts is hiring a Dog Trainer, Dog Adventure Guide, and Customer Care Rep for our dog training and exercising business in Portland.

– Working hours may vary but will be approximately 30-40 hrs/week.

– This position is very physically demanding and may include walking, running, hiking, and lifting heavy objects. It is almost 100% outside including in snow, pouring rain, and hot sunny weather. You MUST be comfortable working outside in all types of weather.

– The majority of hours are Monday through Friday, 10am through 4pm however you will have occasional weekend hours, early mornings, late evenings, and holidays.

– This position includes lots of driving. You are required to own a reliable car that can transport up to 5 large dogs.

-This is a client facing position where you will also work with people. You will be required to field & return calls, emails, find new clients, and address any customer concerns regarding our services.

Expected Duties and Responsibilities:

– Manage dog adventure outings 5 days per week between 10a-2p

– Individually conduct private training consults and training walks on as-needed basis, including follow-ups

– Support the dog walking and pet sitting team with basic dog walking/pet sitting on as-needed basis

– Occasional field hours on weekends and around holidays

– Customer Service and client correspondence via phone calls or emails will be about 5-10 hours each week

Skills, Characteristics, and Experience Requested:

– Experience managing canine playgroups off-leash. Good driving record. Willingness & ability to transport a group of up to 5 dogs in personal vehicle (SUV type car is optimal).

– At least 1 year training dogs using force-free methods, positive reinforcement, and other humane, gentle practices. Experience with private training consults preferred.

– CPDT-KA, IAABC, or KPA CTP or other equivalent certification preferred; a desire for continued education preferred.

– Experience in customer service including excellent phone, email, and in-person etiquette. A kind, patient, and caring disposition is required.

– The ability to multi-task, problem solve on the fly, and have excellent organizational skills.

– The ability to work independently or with a team. Candidate should be accepting of critique & able to adapt.

– We expect you to be absolutely trustworthy, reliable, responsible, and of outstanding character.

– We are looking for someone who is easy to work with, has excellent communication skills, and is meticulous – attention to detail is very important!

Position Perks:

– There is competitive pay, potential for free pet care, free dog training advice, option to bring your dog to work, continued education support, and some flexibility with vacation days.

To find out more about Ruff Mutts, the services we provide, and our staff, please visit our website: www.ruffmuttscooperative.com.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $11.75 to $30.00 /hour

Dog Walking Tools

Walking into any dog guardian’s home, I’m always excited to get a peak into the ‘doggy closet’. Looking through an array of training tools is like a toy chest for me. There are tools for walking, barking, jumping up, digging, aggression, – you name it! The list goes on. I understand most guardians don’t really have the need or budget for tools they might use or use only occasionally. I wouldn’t be nearly as successful working with dogs without employing the right equipment, which makes me eager to find more.

To help my layman dog-lovers find a tool that works for you & your dog without doing too much toy chest digging, I figured I’d start reviewing tools for one of the most common dog-human activities: leash walks! Here are some dog walking tools I recommend to make your dog walks more enjoyable. All of these tools are gentle & humane in nature, however, if your dog thinks its the pits, then guess what: IT IS THE PITS. It doesn’t matter if the trainer you’re working with, the industry, your veterinarian, or any other person in you’re life insists that the tool is humane. Perception is a lot! If your dog cowers, nips, runs away, hides, etc. when you bring out a tool then your dog perceives it as punishment. And it’s punishment EVERY. TIME. YOU. PUT. IT. ON. This means your dog is likely starting his walk under stress, which probably isn’t the best way to start something together. So, with this in mind, don’t be afraid to try many tools. Many pet stores will allow for a trial period so that you can return an item if it isn’t working for you.

**When working on any behavior, treat your dogs as an individual; one with likes & dislikes, a history, and a personality. Because of this, there just isn’t one tool that fits all. I encourage you to find a tool that works for both of you.**

Harnesses:

Freedom Harness

This thing is just an all around awesome harness. The freedom harness is a helpful tool when working with STRONG dogs. If you have a puller or leash reactive dog, who jumps, lunges, and tries to pull away from you when a trigger is present, the Freedom Harness offers extra control with 2 points of contact: one D-ring on the chest & one D-ring the back. This allows you to have more leverage over the dog if she pulls & allows you to hold the whole front of her body securely if she pulls away from you strongly. The freedom harness also has a martingale attached at the dog’s back, which tightens to help prevent the dog from slipping free. You can clip the leash onto just one D-ring, if you prefer.

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Pros:

– great for strong dogs – pullers or leash reactive dogs

– doesn’t damage the esophagus

– 2 points of contact

– fits most dogs

– well made & reliable, nylon

– heavy duty

– sold in a variety of colors

Cons:

– very heavy duty & can chafe underarms (not that comfortable)

– the double leash can be annoying & get twisted when moving side to side

– not sold in any local stores (that I’ve found) & must be purchased on-line

 

Wonder Walker

The Wonder Walker is the best of both worlds. It is a very clever & simple design that fits most dogs. Similiar to the Freedom Harness, the Wonder Walker allows for 2 points of contact. It can be clipped to the front, back, or both D-rings, for extra control. The nylon straps are a little less heavy duty than the Freedom Harness (they are narrow), which does seem to limit chafing but is not quite as sturdy as the FH. There is no martingale but you can attach the dog at 2 points (chest & back) similarly to the FH.

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Pros:

– great for strong dogs – pullers or leash reactive dogs

– doesn’t damage the esophagus

– 2 points of contact

– fits most dogs

– well made & reliable nylon

– heavy duty

– sold in a variety of colors

– sold in many local stores

Cons:

– very heavy duty & can chafe underarms (not that comfortable)

– the double leash can be annoying & get twisted when moving side to side

EasyWalk

The EasyWalk was designed by PetSafe, a well-known big brand company in the pet industry. They have many products on the market. The EasyWalk is one of the original front clip harnesses, designed to deter dogs who pull on lead. The harness offers one D-ring attached to the chest strap. This strap also has a martingale, so that if the dog pulls, the strap tightens across her chest. The harness functions in a way so that if your dog pulls on the lead, the harness naturally redirects her toward you (in theory). Periwinkle has an EasyWalk & it is just fine for her. I even strap it on backward to use as her car harness (though please note it is not intended to be used this way).

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Pros:

– simple, sturdy design

– very affordable

– doesn’t damage the esophagus

– basic & a good intro to front clip harnesses

– nice martingale feature where the D-ring is attached

– well made & reliable

– fits most dogs

– sold in most local stores

– sold in a variety of colors

Cons:

– need to be adjusted or refit regularly

– only one point of contact

– can take time to fit

– can chafe dogs underarms or chest

EzyDog

The Ezy Dog QuickFit Dog Harness is one of my recent favorites. This harness is a little different: it’s a back clip harness. The EZY Dog Harness is a comfy harness of simple design, that dogs seem to really like! I’ve met many dogs with a harness aversion but because of it’s soft neoprene shell and light straps, it seems this harness is accepted by many dogs nicely.

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Pros:

– simple design, simple to fit & put on

– doesn’t damage the esophagus

– high quality fabrics and comfortable for dogs

– well made & reliable

– fits most dogs

– sold in some local stores

– sold in a variety of colors

Cons:

– D-Ring can slips side to side since it isn’t secured to the main part of the harness

– harness isn’t technically reversible

Head Collars:

Halti

The Halti is one of the most popular types of head collars. You can easily find these in most pet stores. The Halti fits dogs with shorter noses or boxier faces (they can also be used for narrow muzzled dogs, however, I find them better fit for dogs with wider snouts.) One great feature of the Halti, is that some come with a little extra padding on the nose strap. While the Halti is an excellent tool to deter pulling & keep your dog’s focus on you, it can take dogs some getting used to.

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Pros:

– very effective with strong pullers

– keeps your dog’s focus on you

– doesn’t damage the esophagus

– high quality fabrics

– fits most dogs

– sold in most local stores

– sold in a variety of colors

– comes with instructions for fitting

– has a 2nd clip to attach Halti to flat collar for extra safety

Cons

– takes some desensitization

– dogs may reject entirely as it isn’t generally comfortable

– small parts can break or fail

– can be tricky to put on and fit correctly

Gentle Leader

The Gentle Leader is a head collar competing with Halti. It is another popular head collar that you can easily find in most pet stores. It is great for strong pullers as it gives you more control over the dog’s head, & therefore, body. The GL fits all types of dogs – those with boxier faces, longer snouts – but the strap can fall down over a dog’s nose & some dogs will quickly learn that they can easily paw the strap off their nose. It is a little tricky to put on & can really take some desensitization when introduced to your dog. Additionally, the narrow strap can almost be cutting to some dogs’ noses if they pull through the gentle leader excessively.

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Pros:

– very effective with strong pullers

– keeps your dog focused on you

– doesn’t damage the esophagus

– high quality fabrics

– fits most dogs

– sold in most local stores

– sold in a variety of colors

– comes with instructions for fitting

– has a 2nd clip to attach Halti to flat collar for extra safety

Cons

– takes some desensitization

– dogs may reject entirely as it isn’t generally comfortable

– dogs can learn to remove it

– can be tricky to put on and fit correctly

Regular Collars

Flat Collar

The traditional flat collar is typically made of leather, nylon, or cloth, & is a great tool to keep ID on our dogs when outdoors. For many dogs, walking on a flat collar is just fine. When dogs pull, though, any excessive pressure on their throat and neck can cause damage to the espophagus and the spine. So, for dogs who pull, small dogs who are more likely to suffer from trachea issues, and for long dogs who suffer from spinal chord issues, you should forgo a flat collar and use a harness. Some great local collars I like are Wool Dog PDX & Cycle Dog.Wool Dog PDX offers a variety of classy, beautiful collars made from Pendleton wool fabric. Cycle Dog offers a variety of collars, some of which are made from recycled bike tires, are anti-microbial, & come with a built in bottle opener. I love both!

CYCLE DOG:

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Martingale Collar

For dogs who seem to be able to slip out of anything – harness, head collar, regular collar, etc., the martingale collar is your go-to. They’re also great for skinny head dogs, like greyhounds & Dobermans. This collar is excellent when used as a ‘back-up’ collar of sorts. For example, you might have your dog wearing a harness attached to a leash but the harness is attached to the martingale. This allows for a second item to be attached to your dog if she gets out of the harness. The martingale allows for a limited amount of tightening around a dog’s neck & resists if a dog tries to back out of the collar. We use martingale collars as our back-up collar for slippery dogs who are on Ruff Mutt’s dog walking schedule.

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Martingale Ridgebacks

Below, you’ll see a great video I found on YouTube demonstrating how to use the harness & martingale congruently. But, I don’t recommend getting a martingale that has a chain because the tightening of the chain can actually cause some neck irritation when pulling hair our or rubbing against the skin. I would recommend getting a nylon or fabric martingale collar.

 

And there you have it! I hope you find this info helpful & that you enjoy your dog walk today!

Ruff Mutts Is Hiring A Dog Walker & Adventure Guide

 

We’re HIRING!

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Our friends Reggie & Ruby!

Do you want to hang with some of the best dogs in Portland? Do you like wet kisses & furry cuddles? Do you have experience working with dogs & want to learn more? Then dog walking & dog adventures just might be for you. Please see our ad below for more details:

Ruff Mutts, located in NE Portland, OR is a full service dog training, exercising, and pet sitting business that provides honest, reliable, flexible, and affordable pet care to Portland residents. We truly and deeply love what we do. We have a small team of 5.

SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY:
Absolutely no high school students seeking after school work will be considered. Must be 18 years of age or older to apply. No phone calls please.

Please submit your cover letter and resume with your job history and references to the email above. Interviews will take place with the aim to hire for this position by August 13th, 2016.

We look forward to hearing from you if you qualify as listed below.

Details about the position:
Location is NE PDX and other places in the city, including your neighborhood
Love, exercise, and take care of dogs, cats, bunnies, or other small animals.
Part-time employee position (10 – 30hrs/week to start) with lots of room for growth into full-time as our business grows.
Very active – walking, running, hiking; almost 100% outside including in snow, pouring rain, and hot sunny weather.
Vast majority of hours will be dog walking, both private & group walks. Occasional coverage for our outdoor playgroups will be needed.
Majority or hours are Monday through Friday, 10am through 3pm. Other flexible hours will include weekends, early mornings, late evenings, and holidays.
Can include lots of driving.
Correspondence between Ruff Mutts and clients may be necessary.

Dog Park Adventures with our dogs!

We are looking for someone with the following experience, capabilities, and attributes:
Reponsible, honest, hard working, ability to work & problem solve independently.
Loves all animals: Must love all dogs (including pit bulls, german shepherds, & other big dog breeds – ‘misfits’ such as special needs dogs or dogs with aggression issues is a plus) and small animals.
Experience handling animals, whether you own a pet or not, is a MUST. Experience dog walking, pet sitting, working at a doggie day care or with an outdoor adventure group preferred.
Is physically fit and loves the outdoors in any weather. Enjoys physically demanding work.
Approximate availability Mondays through Fridays 10am through 3pm preferred. Occasional weekend work as well.
Has a car, email access, and smart-phone. Large SUV type car preferred.
Positive attitude, fun-loving, sense of humor preferred.
Person with another part-time job who would like to work into Ruff Mutts as a full-time job.
Lives in or close to the territory they will be serving.
Easy to work with, has excellent communication skills, and meticulous – attention to detail is very important!
Extremely trustworthy and reliable – background check will be performed and references will be contacted.
Great time management skills.

Perks about the job:
Flexible hours
Grow with the company as you’d like to – what skills can you bring to us?
Possibility for free pet sitting
Possibility to bring your pooch to work
Competitive pay

To find out more about Ruff Mutts, the services we provide, and our staff, please visit our website: www.ruffmuttscooperative.com.

Whole Dog Academy Summer Fundraiser 2016

Hello friends!

Tomorrow, Whole Dog Academy will host it’s first BIG fundraiser event of 2016. I am very proud to be a part of such a wonderful, local non-profit that is so dedicated to improving the lives of our canine friends & their people. If you don’t know much about what we do, here’s the low-down (in other words, mission statement) from our board of directors:

“Our mission is to improve canine-human relationships through educational outreach. We strive to inspire and work towards an increase in successful and mutually beneficial canine-human relationships through educational services and the promotion of a holistic and positive training methodology.And what better way to kick off fall then a party with dogs, dog trainers, free beer & snacks, a doggie photo booth, & more at Portland’s favorite First Thursday! You will be able to find us at UMPQUA Bank in the Pearl District. Please check out our flyer for more details.”

Pleas check out more about us here: http://www.wholedogacademy.com/.

We hope to see your beautiful faces  & your mutt’s mug there!

Rae

WDA Fundraiser Party!

Ruff Mutts Foster Puppy up for Adoption!!!

Hey there!

 

Boy has it been a while. If you didn’t notice, I’ve been swamped with some new things, like rebuilding the website, Whole Dog Academy board meetings & getting ready to teach classes for their dog trainer school, & running a little ol’ dog training, dog walking, & pet sitting business called Ruff Mutts. But, I MUST make some time to introduce the world to the sweetest little guy & our first official foster dog! We are very pleased for you all to meet……… Little Dude (at least for now).

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Little Dude is an approximately 3 week old lab / border collie mix who & is up for adoption as early as 8 weeks. We are currently making sure he gets the essential socialization & medical care he needs to make sure he’s ready for his new forever home.

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His personality is just starting to show & we will be learning a lot about him over the next few months! Please let us know if you’re interested or if you know someone who is!

Charlie, Winksy, & LD

Is he your furry soulmate?

Is he your furry soulmate?

 

 

Happy New Year!!!

We had some amazing company over the holidays, including my sister, Henry, a feisty french bulldog, Tyson a  young pit pup, Mia a beautiful chocolate pit mix, Sophie a sweet mini doxie, and T-Bone, our big love-lug buddy! Thank you so much to all of our clients, new & old, for sharing your loving and sweet babies over the holidays. We had a full house that made our Christmas and New Years full of life, love, and fun! What an awesome way to start the new year. For those of you who missed out, here are some fun photos and videos.

2011 Holidays at Ruff Mutts

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Ruff Mutts Family

Henry

Sophie

Henry, T-Bone, & Periwinkle