HIRING: Dog Behaviorist/Trainer

We get requests at the shop every day for dog and even cat training. Therefore, we are looking for someone who shares our mission to provide dogs with positive reinforcement training; to hold classes at the shop again.

We are looking for someone in the Athens, OH area who may have a background in working with zoo or marine animals, birds or other instances of positive reinforcement training in addition to dogs; to obtain wanted behavior. IAABC or APDT membership required.

If you do not have IAABC and are interested in an eight week mentorship with local expert Sarah Filipiak please visit https://m.iaabc.org/courses/beginning-behavior-consulting/

Begins Feb 10. Friendly Paws will consider reimbursing for this class with a contract to teach for Friendly Paws for a minimum of two years, with successful completion and recommendation from Ms. Filipiak.

Experience we are looking for:
• Operant conditioning
• Positive reinforcement
• Hand signals and/or clicker training
• Voice commands
• Reward systems

Trainer will use the above techniques to teach new or improved behavior to puppies and adults. They will also examine the progress of the dog and advise owners on how best to reinforce these teaching methods at home. They may also need to provide the owner with additional exercises to be undertaken away from the dog training sessions. Dog trainers will need to be sensitive to the needs of the owner and be able to make them aware of the important role they play in the ongoing training of their dog. They should be available to the clients by email between classes to offer basic feedback or answer simple questions. Therefore, internet access is needed.

Certifications a plus. Internships or working with another experienced trainer may suffice. References from instructors and clients required. Nights and weekends (Sundays) will be required due to client schedules and the shop schedule. This position will not recommend, endorse or utilize tools which are known to gain punishment-based compliance (ie: prong, choke or shock collars).

Pay is dependent upon experience and clients served. Will likely be a commission-based pay as a W2 employee. Must hold a minimum of two 50 min. classes per week if there is client demand (approximately 8 dogs total). Must also be available to teach during the summer months. If interested, please submit a resume and inquiry to friendlypawspets@gmail.com to set up a meeting.

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Grooming Update

While we do our best to accommodate walk-in nail trims and other services, moving forward if you need more than two services, an appointment will need to be made. For instance; nails and sani are fine, however nails, sani, and feet trim would need an appointment. We will be able to work these appointments in, usually within a few days. Thank you for your understanding.

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Found Kittens?

KITTENS. Everyone is finding kittens. Local rescues are full. There are not enough fosters.

Options: 1. Foster the kittens for a rescue 2. Use your network of people to find a foster for the kittens 3. Get on waiting lists with a rescue 4. (our favorite) Foster/find a foster and re-home the kittens – please make sure they get spayed/neutered. Yes, we know they aren’t your cats – but not ensuring they get fixed will increase the likelihood that you will find more kittens in a month, 4 months, a year… The Athens County Humane Society holds low cost clinics all year round. They serve everyone, regardless of income. Charge a re-homing fee to cover your costs.

Our networks are saturated. You have different contacts than we or the rescues have. Please use them to your advantage.

Visit our website for SAFE ways to re-home pets.

THANK YOU for caring and trying to help the helpless.

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Experienced Groomer Needed


We are so busy we need another groomer! We are looking for an experienced, patient, friendly, hardworking, dedicated, nice, people friendly, pet friendly, cooperative, willing to work with others, love what you do, dependable, groomer to come work with us in our busy shop. Opportunity for full or part-time hours and every other Saturday.  Willingness to step in and help out with other hours if other groomers are ill or need time off.

Must be able to lift large dogs 60lbs+. We do have hydraulic tables. Must have reliable transportation. Please be fun to work with and love animals.

Cat grooming a plus but not required.

Please drop off resume and references at the shop or email. Excellent store discounts and pay is based on experience and very generous. Apply at Friendly Paws Pet Supplies & Grooming, 940 E. State Street, Athens OH 45701/Email: friendlypawspetsupply@msn.com

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In Case You Haven’t Heard…

we love puppies

We will never sell ANY live animal for profit. All pets who come from chain pet stores are coming from unsavory conditions and dealers. Use your voice, don’t shop in chains who support misery. Looking for a cat or dog? Adopt through http://www.petfinder.com. Looking for fish or a pocket pet? Our local pet shop Fish N’ Stuff is an ethical shop which carries reptiles and fish. We love Athens because Athens loves LOCALLY OWNED!

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What Are You Feeding Your Pet?

Beneful – such a pretty bag! Look at all those veggies and meats! And the price, you would think you are feeding your dog a good-for-him diet right? Unfortunately you would be wrong. Most grocery store foods are not made from quality ingredients. Feed your pets better for LESS at Friendly Paws!

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We Can Get Anything!

Don’t see what you need in the store? We bet we can order it for you and get it for you quickly. Just ask! We also order in 30lb+ bags of dog food every single week – get on our special order list and never have to worry – we get you on a schedule and your food comes in for you when you need it. Give us a shout at 740.593.5125

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