A daycare attendant is a learned job. You will not be expected to be able to perform any of the following job duties without first going through a training period. In addition, we are all always learning from each other and from the dogs, and experiencing daycare first-hand is the best way to learn dog behavior and to become comfortable with acceptable types of play. You will never be asked or expected to do anything for which you are not fully trained and comfortable. The Day Care Attendant is held accountable for the following tasks and responsibilities.
- Reporting to work at the time agreed upon by the General Manager.
- Being in the yard with the dogs for the number of hours agreed upon by the daycare and general managers.
- Monitoring play while being aware of various playstyles and ensuring that all dogs are safe, stress-free, and having fun.
- Maintain a clean play environment by watching for, picking up, and properly disposing of any waste.
- You will help distribute lunches during naptime and may be asked to administer medication.
- You will be expected to recognize a potential problem before it escalates, and to know how to quickly and carefully break up any situation.
- If a fight should happen you will be expected to involve yourself without hesitation. (Please don’t put hands near teeth [see how to break up a fight])
- You must be able to move quickly in the event of a fight and be able to lift (up to 50lbs). You will be on your feet for a prolonged period of time.
- Other tasks you will be expected to assist with include (but are not limited to) cleaning, grooming, feeding lodge dogs, as well as supporting the lodge on holidays (when there is no daycare).