To be considered for employment with us, it is essential that you are:
- Able to assist with daily activities, supervise and care for dogs in an off lead open play environment.
- Confident in handling multiple dogs, variety of breeds, age and sizes.
- Fun, full of energy & have an enthusiastic approach to your work. Have a compassionate attitude to dogs, clients and staff.
- Not afraid to get dirty, enjoy practical and manual work and are happy to work outdoors for long periods, in all kinds of conditions. Rain or Shine.
- Able to stay calm in an emergency and keep a cool head with clients and dogs. Great with attention to detail, super multitasker, be able to think on your feet and be in two places at once.
- Flexible, able to train and grow within the business.
- Able to assist in keeping the facility sanitary, clean and odour free at all times.
- Physically fit and have the capacity to be able to control a dog without assistance.
- Be pro-active with a can do attitude, forward thinker and use initiative. Able to work unsupervised and be an all round good team player.
Qualifications and training:
- Ideally have experience with dog behaviours and off lead play.
- Experience in the animal care industry or training qualifications is a bonus.
- Able to read, write and communicate clearly.
- Have basic computer literacy.
What is The Waggery:
We are a premier custom built doggy day care facility based in Delacombe, Ballarat. Our day care offers day off lead play for a variety of dogs. Our experienced day care staff supervise the dogs in safe, positive and appropriate play.
About the job:
The Waggery is located in Delacombe, Ballarat. We are open Monday-Friday 8am-6pm. The main focus of the role is to monitor the dogs and general cleaning tasks. The majority of your time will be spent working directly with the dogs. It involves most importantly supervising the dogs, and ensuring safe and fair play. There is a lot of cleaning and picking up poo. Did we mention there’s a lot of cleaning & picking up poo? You must be well presented (as you can be with paw prints all over you), good with clients (and even better with dogs), be kind, have pro-active perception and good at re directing dog behaviour.
The position will start as a casual trial basis, 12 hrs per week. As the business develops there is potential for increased hours. Further education and training is encouraged and supported.
The reality of working with dogs all day:
It’s fun and probably nothing quite like you would expect! Basically we do A LOT more than sit around cuddling puppies all day. The time we actually spend cuddling & playing with the dogs is minimal. The dogs are here to play, interact & learn critical social skills with one another. Many of the dogs only get their one day of daycare to be around their own kind and much prefer their own company to us humans. We are with the dogs at all times and of course give the dogs lots of love and attention when they want it but the majority of the time is spent focusing on their play, behaviour, ensuring their safety and cleaning up after them and making sure they are having loads of fun and enriching their lives with fun and games.
It can be fast paced at times and there is a need for constant risk management. You must have a fun sense of humour, bring a good singing voice and or dance moves to our team. The dogs don’t seem to judge that too harshly, they are pretty easily pleased with our performances. You get dirty, hot/cold, jumped on, slobbered on, covered in hair, barked at and pick up a lot of poo.
If you tick all the boxes we would love to hear from you! To apply please email your cover letter and resume to [email protected] Att: Tessa.
Please no phone calls. Replies will only be sent to those who are shortlisted.
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The Waggery is Ballarat’s premier Dog Daycare Centre conveniently located within minutes to the CBD. We have created an innovative secure indoor/outdoor facility focusing on the comfort and needs of the dogs in our care including climate controlled indoor play areas.
Dog daycare, as the name suggests can be likened to daycare for children. It provides a cage free environment in which your dog is free to play and interact with other dogs. Your best friend will return home tired and happy after a full day of fun, mental & physical activities along with socialising and building friendships with other dogs.
The Waggery will soon become a familiar place for your dog to visit, and it won’t take them long to learn what day of the week it is, and where they will be going! We do more than just mind your dog, The Waggery will be your dogs’ home away from home while you’re at work, on a day trip, have errands to run, renovating the house or are just too time poor to give your furkid the stimulation and exercise they need. And just like at home, we have some basic rules & boundaries that we encourage dogs and their owners to follow. We reinforce these rules and boundaries by rewarding good behaviour with praise, cuddles and yummy treats and for those who need a reminder are asked to slow down, sit, relax and catch their breath before being able to re-join the fun and games.
A day at The Waggery also offers helpful benefits dogs who are perhaps bored, have separation anxiety, or need extra socialisation. You will have complete piece of mind knowing that your dog will be safe, cared for and supervised at all times and most importantly having fun in your absence. In keeping our numbers low, staff are able to provide the human contact and re-assurance needed to enhance your dogs’ experience at The Waggery. (Cuddles always included)
We know dogs. We take the time to get to know all of our dogs, their play styles and how they behave and interact in the daycare environment. We are able read and understand dog behaviours and can identify any possible unwanted behaviours and intervene if necessary, before it develops. We ensure that dogs are grouped according to several factors, we understand senior or sensitive/quiet dogs have different needs to young puppies those with high energy levels. Dogs are free engage whatever activity they feel like, nap on the couch, lay by the heaters, or run around playing tag or chase balls and with their friends.
- Address 5 Rerock Drive, Delacombe