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Canine Kennel Attendant (Full-time)

Geneva, IL
Job Type


Oversee ALL animals who are staying the night with us or just in for a quick bath, nail trim or teeth brush.

We are looking for full time, LONG TERM, career-minded people who want to work with their hands and animals in the pet industry. If you’re just looking for a job - Go somewhere else! We want people who give their all, have initiative, don’t need their hand held and want to continue to learn about dog/pet medical, behavior, leash handling, nutrition, etc and are or may want to be involved in extracurricular pet related associations, networking, clubs, etc. You cannot be “above” grunt work: cleaning floors on hands & knees, stocking inventory, etc. Teamwork is a must. Keeping it professional within a family environment. We would like our kennel staff to want to obtain and go after a vet assistant or vet tech certificate. In turn, we have benefits such as medical, dental, vision, paid time off, bring your dog to work, chair massages, some paid education, paid training and other little benefits for our hard working, full time staff.

A career with animals is hard work with a lot of multi-tasking and always rechecking the details is what makes up the day. It is not playing with puppies all day. If you are in the pet industry long enough you will be bit, just a matter of when. There is a lot of cleaning of gross matter, loud barking, scratches from jumping, say goodbye to nice clothes & shoes, and always smelling of cleaning supplies & dog. Holidays and time surrounding holidays, summers & weekends are our busy time and are mandatory. Please read & think it through thoroughly BEFORE you apply that you are certain you are ready for a career with animals. High School & College Students need not apply (unless you are a biology, zoology (or similar) major and looking for a career when done with college). We want hard working, reliable adults. College is not mandatory and we will train the right person. Hiring for expansion & want the right people and will continue to go through applications & interviews until the right people are found. If you’re dedicated and want it – give it a go.


  • Consistently checking on all dogs to be safe and sound
  • Feedings
  • Conduct Daily exams
  • Administer Medications
  • Understanding Cautions involved in foods/feedings/severe allergies
  • Marking charts & keeping detailed records/notes on each pet
  • Endless detail cleaning & organizing
  • Laundry
  • Dishes
  • Foreseeing possible issues and resolving before they happen
  • Must read body language of pet: feeling okay? Stressed? Normal behavior? Know what certain things mean and what to do/look for. Learn how to approach dogs to give exams or medications or nail trims - can be a work out with dogs who are not a fan
  • Make sure all runs/areas are clean!
  • Remove any hazards from their area if needed: i.e. chewed blanket/toy, etc.
  • Make sure all dogs have clean, fresh water
  • Let dogs outside for potty breaks (these are dogs not participating in dog daycare.)
  • Help daycare staff as needed
  • Sanitization of facility indoor/outdoor
  • Take out trash/poop cans, pick up messes
  • Put away supplies and/or retail inventory
  • MUST read notes on ALL dogs paperwork EVERY day. We write new notes every shift/day. For example we have a dog that can jump a 12' wall without blinking - that dog must be walked. Or a dog has daycare on Monday’s but NOT Tuesday’s, etc.
  • Interpersonal communications skills and ability to communicate with multiple departments.
  • Let Kennel Manager know when low on supplies AND write down on the supply list
  • Make sure all feces cleaned immediately: indoors & outdoors
  • Save all “odd” feces or vomit: this includes objects. Ziplock with name so we may give to owner and/or vet
  • Learn, be calm and always know & follow the procedures on what to do in case of emergencies: animal, human, natural
  • Must rinse off thoroughly any dog who may have 'messed' in their run and got any part of it on their fur/skin/paws
  • Kennel staff is responsible for Basic grooming: shampoo/conditioner, nail trims/dremel, teeth brushing, expressing anal glands, light brushes
  • Solve routine problems: Be able to solve and make a plan for resolving the problems that occur or know who to contact.
  • Make sure that all notes and paperwork are filled out on dogs when the occasion arises. Dogs not feeling well/diarrhea bumps scrapes, wounds, aggressive dogs any special care. – Complete Daily Report Cards as well as Employee Notes
  • Update the kennel manager AND office staff with any notes as to no blankets/cots/dogs that cannot be boarded together, aggressive/chewing dog, etc. Dogs that had to be moved to a different crate or run. Notes on why dogs have red stickers (caution)
  • Make sure dogs are safe and comfortable at all times. Separate/move dogs that are being fence/cage aggressive to a different kennel/crate. Put aggressive dogs to a different kennel/crate. (Choose a crate/kennel with a calmer dog on the other side). Work with kennel manager and office to keep open lines of communication and to note the changes made. Look for dogs that may be uncomfortable and may need to be moved to a run.
  • Keeping the dogs quiet in the kennel. If you need ideas or assistance in finding a solution to a barking dog ask. Barking dogs can be really stressful to other dogs in the kennel. Keeping them quiet is a benefit to everyone.
  • Make sure all dogs are where they are supposed to be by the end of each shift. Sometimes dogs will get moved through their stay with us. Communicate with office and have them print out a log of where every dog is staying and move accordingly. Changes must also be made in the database
  • At end of every shift make sure all is locked up, back doors rechecked, leave the classical music on the appropriate volume in ALL areas that our furry guests are staying. Helps drown out unfamiliar noises, thunderstorms, & fireworks
  • Carry out policies passed down from managers/owner
  • Any new procedures or request from managers or owner is followed through with
  • Attendance to company and department meetings are required


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  • Full availability
  • You must desire, continue and participate in continuing education
  • Positions are physically demanding
  • We are looking for reliable people only that do not cut corners in their work.
  • You must be able to handle 150 lb dog and lift at least 60 lbs without struggling.
  • You must be able to handle big, high energy dogs & be able to or learn to read body language: whether they don't feel well or they're bit you on way out of the run.
  • Reminder: mandatory Holidays, Summers, & weekends.
  • No Snow nor Rain nor other bad weather conditions will keep employees away from getting to the facility to care for the pets staying with us.
  • Live animals rely on the punctuality and the excellent attendance of employees; therefore there is low tolerance for tardiness and absenteeism

There are 2 shifts per day (excluding Night Kennel Position) for all DePAW departments:

Mon-Sun store hours: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Mon-Sun: 6:00 am - 1:30 pm and 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Holidays: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

  • Pay based on experience; Raises & other perks based on performance, loyalty, and accomplishments
  • Opportunities will arise for kennel staff to learn & partake in daycare so they are cross trained (after their position has been established)
  • You can expect it to take up to a full year to be trained and completely confident & fluent in your department.

Working with animals definitely has it’s rewards (and it is why we do it), but because they have teeth can be dangerous. They rely on us to care for them. We need someone who has a lot of energy, honest & kind to animals = trust is a big deal. Knowing this is labor intensive and hard work and are committed to the animals as well as the company is who we are looking for to join our team! Once earned & after time passed, occasionally bonuses have been known to occur.

Experience Preferred:

  • 1 year of full-time Canine Kennel work a PLUS
  • Completion of Formal Training as a Veterinary Assistant or Veterinary Technician is a PLUS

Job Type: Full Time

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent

Required language:

  • English


  • Must have full availability

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