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Are you interested in working with animals? Fur-Get Me Not has many part-time and full-time positions avaialble.

Dog Daycare Attendant +

Our dog daycare is a fun and active place for dogs. We hire daycare attendants that are energetic and can keep up with the dogs attending daycare or boarding with us. This includes supervising while dogs play, cleaning the playgroups, feeding breakfast, lunch, and dinner, administering medication if necessary, and bathing dogs when clients request it.

Candidates should be confident in their dog handling skills, have an understanding of pack behavior with the ability to remain calm in what can be a very active environment. The daycare attendant’s job is to keep the dogs safe and happy. That means engaging them in play, supervising their interactions with each other and stifling unwanted behaviors through redirection not force or punishment.

This position has both full-time and part-time openings and requires a minimum 1 year commitment. We have both morning and evening shifts, average 20 hours a week, typically from 6AM-2PM or 12:30PM-7PM.

Dog Daycare Manager +

Our daycare managers play a key role in the daily operations of our daycare and boarding services. We are seeking a manager that can assist on the playgroup floor, train new daycare attendants, conduct dog evaluations for new clients, manage the day to day tasks such as feeding and walk schedules, schedule shifts, follow-up with clients regarding their dog's behavior, illness, etc, take payments for daycare and boarding customers in our POS, greet daycare and boarding customers when dropping off their dog or picking up their dog, entering in new client paperwork and vaccinations, and scheduling reservations in our system.

Candidates should be friendly, punctual, have strong communication skills both verbal and written, and have the ability to remain calm under pressure in a fast paced, multi-task and team-oriented environment. Candidates with at least 5 years of work experience, preferrably in the pet field and should have some team leadership experience.

At this time we have an immediate need for a full-time manager. Shift alternates weekly from Monday-Friday and Tuesday-Saturday.

Dog Walker +

If you like the outdoors and love dogs, this is a great position for you! We hire dog walkers to walk dogs during the hours of 9AM-5PM M-F, so candidates should have similar availability. Candidates should also be confident in their dog handling skills and be comfortable caring for dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperament.

Candidates must have a cell phone, be able to keep track of their schedule on a calendar, and be accessible via email or phone on a daily basis. We will establish a route near your home or other desired location with the goal of optimizing your time walking dogs and less on traveling between homes. However getting to client's homes is an essential part of this position and you must have a reliable insured vehicle and current driver’s license.

This position is part-time and requires a minimum 1 year commitment. Occasionally we may have an opening for a short-term seasonal employee, typically in the summer months.

At this time we have an immediate need in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, McLean, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Woodley Park, and Capitol Hill areas.

Dog Wash Attendant +

Although it is a self-service dog wash, our clients still need friendly staff members to help them with the process. Dog wash attendants are responsible for supervising our store in Adams Morgan, keeping the bath areas clean, laundering towels, mopping wet areas, running daily operations, collecting payment from customers and settling the POS drawer.

Candidates should be friendly, punctual, responsible, have strong communication skills, ability to work independently and enjoy helping customers.

This is a part-time position and requires a minimum 1 year commitment. At this time we have an immediate need for Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends. Shifts are Tuesdays/Thursdays 5PM-8PM, Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:45PM-1:45PM, Saturdays or Sundays either 8:45am-1:45pm or 1:30-6:30pm averaging 4-6 shifts per month.

Office Manager +

One of the things that separates us from other pet care companies is our customer service. Our office managers are a key part of our client's experience in so many ways including their friendliness, communication, and efficiency in fulfilling their reservation requests. We hire office managers to respond to client's incoming reservation requests via phone or email, coordinate key exchanges, assign work to, and verify our dog walking and pet sitting team is conducting visits as scheduled for the day, take payments for daycare and boarding customers in our POS and settle the drawer each day, greet daycare and boarding customers when dropping off their dog or picking up their dog, entering in new client paperwork and vaccinations, and scheduling reservations in our system.

Candidates should be friendly, punctual, have strong communication skills both verbal and written, and have the ability to remain calm under pressure in a fast paced, multi-task and team-oriented environment. Candidates with at least 5 years of work in an office environment as a receptionist, customer service representative or office assistant is preferred. Most importantly, candidate should enjoy helping customers and working in a team environment.

We have both full-time and part-time positions and requires a minimum 1 year commitment. Full-time shifts are M-F either 7:00am-3pm or 11am-7pm. These positions also require the office manager to be a substitute dog walker (during their shift) when employee emergencies occur, employees are on vacation, or we are short-staffed in a particular area until we are able to get fully staffed. Weekend office manager positions are typically 2-4 shifts a month from either 8:45-6:30 or split shifts 8:45PM-1:45PM or 1:30-6:30PM.

Pet Sitter +

Pet Sitting is a great way to supplement a full-time job and also pairs well with being a dog walker. We hire pet sitters to care for client's pets while they are working late or out of town on travel. Visits are conducted in the mornings before 9AM and in the evenings after 5PM, including weekends and holidays, so candidates should have similar availability.

Candidates should also be confident in their dog or cat handling skills and be comfortable caring for dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperament. Candidates must have a cell phone, be able to keep track of their schedule on a calendar, and be accessible via email or phone on a daily basis. We will establish a recurring list of clients near your home or other desired location. Traveling to client's homes is an essential part of this position and you must have a reliable insured vehicle and current driver’s license.

This position is part-time and requires a minimum 1 year commitment. At this time we have an immediate need in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, McLean, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Woodley Park, and Capitol Hill areas.

Dog Trainer +

Fur-Get Me Not has been training dogs in the DMV area since 2004. Our specialty is getting adopted rescues off to a good start and developing well-mannered family dogs. We are committed to teaching people how to train their dogs using positive training methods based in science, with a focus on learning theory and animal behavior. We offer group class instruction through a unique Levels Training Program. These classes differ from the conventional 6 week class structure, giving more flexibility to students. We are looking for an instructor that can teach multiple levels. We also offer specialty classes, workshops, and private in-home training.

You would join a dynamic and experienced team to support you to excel in your role. We also strive to let each trainer advance their special skills and interests within the dog training profession.

  • Approximately 5 years experience, with experience in assisting/leading group classes a plus.
  • Should be well-versed in clicker training
  • Interested in Animal Behavior
  • Possess a professional, upbeat attitude
  • Should view teaching classes as a partnership between trainer & student
  • And of course, be passionate about dogs!

Serious inquiries only please. If you are qualified and would like to pursue a trainer position with us, please provide a resume that outlines your experience in the dog training industry. You can email our Training department.

Dog Training Coordinator +

This is a Department Lead position that is responsible for leading training classes as well as all communications between Fur-Get Me Not training services and any current or prospective students.

  • Educating current and prospective training students on the suite of training services we provide as well as offering guidance on which classes, workshops, or private training is most appropriate for their needs.
  • Creating and coordinating training class schedules.
  • Point-of-Contact for all training service related inquiries & action items.
  • Teaching a block of group classes 1-3 times per week in the evenings.
  • Aggregating and analyzing feedback from students & surveys and presenting to the owners & other managers as appropriate.
  • Conduct both phone & private consultations for prospective training students
  • Regularly observe and perform quality assurance on training curriculum and teachings, assisting the Training Team when necessary to make adjustments.
  • Maintaining current training program, and working alongside Training Team & Owners to continue to develop future training programs.
  • Educating on-site staff on current & upcoming training classes so that they can effectively communicate during client interactions.
  • Establishing and maintaining partnerships with shelters, rescues, vets, and general community outreach.
  • Seeking out new opportunities for FGMN training services to work with existing partners & the general public.

Candidate should have strong organizational skills and equally strong communication skills, should have equal desire to work with dogs as well as dog owners, and must be able to work well with others and have a desire to collaborate with the existing team of Fur-Get Me Not trainers. Candidate should also have 10+ years of experience in the animal behavior / training field, as well as previous experience in teaching group training classes with an emphasis on manners, dog reactivity, fear, impulsivity, and people reactivity. Possession of one of the following certifications is also required: CPDT-KA, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CDBC, KPA CTP, ACP-CDT, ACP-CDTA.

Serious inquiries only please. If you are qualified and would like to pursue a trainer position with us, please provide a resume that outlines your experience in the dog training industry. You can email our Training department.

Employee Benefits

One of the best things about working for a pet company is the ability to interact with pets as a part of your job. We also offer some pretty great benefits.

Field Employees (Dog Walkers, Pet Sitters, Seasonal Help)

These positions are typically part-time.

  • 15% Discount on retail purchases at Fur-Get Me Not.
  • Free use of the Dog Wash for standard 30 minute washes.
  • 10% off Dog Training classes and private training.
  • 40% off base pet-sitting rates (Note: there is no discount applied to the holiday premium that is charged for Pet Sitting visits conducted during Holidays / Holiday Weekends).
  • Half-Day Daycare rates for a full day of dog daycare (Note: all employee dogs are subject to passing the same evaluation as clients prior to being allowed in daycare or boarding as well as the same capacity restrictions/availability as clients).
  • 10% off basic boarding packages (Note: does not include spa treatments or add-ons).
  • May observe Dog Training classes without their dogs, for the purpose of furthering their own understanding of dog learning theory. Must provide advance notice for attendance.
  • Cash bonuses provided for employee referrals, provided the referral is hired and actively works for a period of 30+ days.

OnSite Employees (Daycare Attendants, Managers, Office & Admin)

These positions can be either part-time or full-time.

  • 15% Discount on retail purchases at Fur-Get Me Not.
  • Free use of the Dog Wash for standard 30 minute washes.
  • Free Dog Training group classes with their own dog, provided there is room.
  • 10% off Dog training private consultations.
  • 40% off base pet-sitting rates (Note: there is no discount applied to the holiday premium that is charged for Pet Sitting visits conducted during Holidays / Holiday Weekends).
  • Free use of Daycare while employee is on shift, provided the dog has passed the evaluation process and there is room in the daycare for that day.
  • 10% off basic boarding packages (Note: does not include spa treatments or add-ons).
  • May observe Dog Training classes without their dogs, for the purpose of furthering their own understanding of dog learning theory. Must provide advance notice for attendance.
  • Cash bonuses provided for employee referrals, provided the referral is hired and actively works for a period of 30+ days.

401K with Employer Match

All Fur-Get Me Not employees are eligible to enroll in our 401k program on their 1 year anniversary of service provided they are of 21 years of age or older and have worked an average of 20 hours per week, or, 1000 service hours within a consecutive 12-month period.

Fur-Get Me Not will match 100% of employee contributions up to 3% of salary per-paycheck, and 50% of percents 4 and 5. Enrolled employees are immediately vested, and are able to roll forward their plans upon the end of their tenure with Fur-Get Me Not.

Health Insurance

All employees consistently scheduled to work 30+ hours per week are eligible to participate in the Fur-Get Me Not group health insurance plan after 60 days of employment. Fur-Get Me Not pays 50% of the employee premium, employee portion of premiums will be deducted pre-tax from each paycheck.

Paid Time Off

All regular full-time (40 hours per week) Fur-Get Me Not employees are eligible for paid time off, as well as paid holidays.

Paid time off provided is dependent on current tenure with Fur-Get Me Not, as follows:

  • 1- 3 years of service: 10 days per calendar year
  • 3+ years of service: 15 days per calendar year.

Fur-Get Me Not recognizes the following 8 holidays during the calendar year:

  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving Day & the day after
  • Christmas Day & Christmas Eve (depending on the day of week it falls)
  • New Year’s Day

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I compensated for gas or mileage? +

No. Fur-Get Me Not does not compensate for mileage between customer’s homes, or to and from the office. However, gas expenses related to work can be written off at tax season.

Is it possible to be a full-time dog walker? +

It depends. The majority of our walks take place between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday, however our dog walkers are not conducting walks the entire time. Typically a dog walker will walk dogs for 3-4 hours. The highest average we’ve seen is about 25 hours per week.

Some dog walkers take on additional work as pet sitters, and at times also work as a dog daycare attendant. If an employee works in 2 capacities as a daycare attendant with a set schedule and combined with a regular dog walking schedule, it is possible to reach above the 30 hour threshold to qualify for health insurance, however it is rare to be able to reach above the 40 hour threshold to qualify for paid time off or full-time status.

Because dog walking is part-time, the majority of our dog walkers either already have a career that they are supplementing, or only need part-time income.

What happens if a dog bites or hurts me while I'm working? +

Don’t panic - you have support. We are an employee-based company which means by law we are required to have Workers’ Compensation. In the event of an injury, our HR department will help you through the process.

In addition, we offer employee training and have protocols in place in an effort to keep employees safe and prevent injuries from happening. If there is an animal that is not the right fit for you, puts you at risk, or is not comfortable being handled by you, we either provide you the resources for more animal behavior training or we simply cannot take the assignment and we may ask that the client work with our training department to provide alternative solutions.

Are dog walkers employees or independent contractors? +

All of our staff are employees, meaning that Fur-Get Me Not handles taxation and deductions, and produces an annual W-2 for tax purposes. This also means that employees are required to comply with a non-compete agreement.

Will I be walking multiple dogs at once? +

Fur-Get Me Not believes in providing individualized service for each pet in our care. We think that a personal touch and the development of a one-on-one relationship with the animal is important. Generally, all walks will be a one-to-one ratio so that you can focus on the pets in your care. However, there may be times where multiple dogs are in a single household and both dogs are walked in tandem.

How long is a daycare attendant shift? +

Shift length at our dog daycare can vary. The average length of a daycare shift is between 5-7 hours. Our day starts at 6am, and generally ends about an hour after closing. If you’re interested in daycare, feel free to inquire about what shifts we’re currently looking to fill.

Are dog walkers paid hourly? +

No. Dog walkers are paid per visit and not hourly. Each visit is conducted to be a specific length of time from the time you walk in the client's door to the time you leave. You are paid for that time only. We do not pay for the time it takes to drive to and from clients' homes.

Will I be outside in all kinds of weather? +

Yes. We provide dog walks in rain, sun, sleet and snow - but we also take the safety of our employees as well as the animals in our care very seriously. If there is a weather event that makes it unsafe to be outdoors, we will contact employees accordingly. Same is true of our dog daycare staff. We do conduct outdoor potty breaks at specific times of the day, regardless of weather.

Do I need a car? +

In some roles, a car can be necessary. Dog walkers especially find it easier to perform duties with a vehicle. Some areas may be easier to get around via foot or bike, but the majority require regular access to a vehicle.

OnSite employees are less in need of a vehicle, and can generally use public transportation, cycle, or walk to get to the job site. Some roles, like Daycare Manager, Office Manager, may require the ability to run errands off-site and will need regular access to a vehicle.

What training does Fur-Get Me Not provide? +

Fur-Get Me Not provides both initial and ongoing training. Our orientation process gives the first look into how we operate, our policies, and day-to-day expectations of each individual role. Dog walkers also receive walk-along training with a more experienced dog walker, and then continued training during tenure milestones to increase their knowledge base regarding dogs and dog behavior.

What benefits does Fur-Get Me Not offer? +

We offer a variety of perks and benefits. For a full list, click here!