at Ridge View Labradors
We are looking for willing individuals, with a great desire to learn, and are willing to get dirty, that would like to learn more about Professional Breeding and all that goes into keeping and raising a health pack. By filling out this form, you will be connected with Ridge View's team members and they will start a scanning process to see what would be the best fit for what is needed.
Where you stay:
Our internship program is held at our main Ridge View facility in Elkader, Iowa. We have on-site living quarters complete with bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, and living room area. We ask that interns have their own vehicle due to the location of our facility (nearest town in 10 minutes away)
How often do you work?
Interns start their day at 8:00 am with feeding and cleaning of the facility. We also pay attention to feed sources, medical needs, dietary changes, and maintenance repairs on the building and fences. You get a 1-hour lunch break to have to yourself. The afternoon is reserved to training dogs and puppies or accompanying one of the team members to a trip or into town. Your day ends at 4:30 pm. You have the rest of the evening to yourself, unless prior arrangements have been made.
Do you get paid?
Interns get a weekly grocery pay and a bi-weekly pay that is determined by their experience level. Interns qualify for bonuses if they help with a training puppy or dog that is later sold.
Time of year for your internship?
We would like to try to have interns through the whole year. We would like our interns to stay a minimum of two consecutive months! You may pick which months work best with schooling and scheduling. We cannot guarantee you an intern position or the months you would like. Further discussion between interns and mentor may be needed.
What can you learn:
- Facility Manager: learn all about running an operation including: ordering food, medical equipment, breeding equipment, manage employees, manage dogs and turn outs, and maintenance of building.
- Medical Field: learn all about administering shots and dewormers, drawing blood, attending C-sections/spays/neuters. Learn about what types of shots there are and why we use them, time frame to administer, and hands on. Learn how to give a puppy their own microchip.
- Breeding Specialist: learn about reading pedigrees, genetics, and health clearances to pick the correct sire and dam. Learn about natural and artificial insemination of the pairings and how to correctly breed dogs. Track the breeding cycle with progesterone testing, and figure when your litter will be due and when you should start seeing signs of pregnancy.
- Whelping: Accompany us to our whelping suits and watch the miracle of life, learn about signs of labor, stress, and progress. Learn about caring for the newborns and as they arrive, mother care, and after care. Learn about the first week and how to care for a new litter.
- Puppy Starting: Help us and learn all about correctly starting young puppies including bio-sensoring, ESI, and the Rule of Sevens that are incorporated into our puppies for a well socialized litter.
- Puppy Training: Train with us on puppies that are 8-weeks old and older on crate training, house breaking, car rides, basic commands, learn their name, and leash introduction.
- Dog Training: Train with us on dogs that are 1-year and older on basic obedience, crate training, house breaking, car rides, public access, on-leash and off-leash introduction, swimming, and hiking. Also including pack walks!
- Retriever Training: Train with us on dogs that excel in retrieving and start them on live birds, guns, and force fetching.
You will learn all of this while in your internship program, but if one area interests you more, we may focus of the area of your choosing.
Have other questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for Brittany! She is more than happy to answer any questions, comments, or concerns you may have!