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Fetchers Career Development

Why Fetchers?
  1.  We are voted best Dog Daycare, Boarding, and Grooming business in the Fargo Moorhead area every year (inforums2019 - 2021) since we opened! We were labeled "Best Boarding & Daycare kennel in all of North Dakota" (happydoggo.com) based on customer reviews! We are growing and each year we add new services and experiences for the team and customers. We have long term growth plans and strategies and we want you to grow with us! 
  2. We will help build you into an effective professional. We will mentor you and support your growth speed. Together we will create a long term custom goal with you and revisit your goals often to make sure you are on the right track. At Fetchers, no matter which position you are interested in, we can build your career for long term viability or we can be a stepping stone for you as you phase into other chapters of your career life in the future.
  3. Industry top pay and benefits based on performance with guaranteed raises each year. Pay is based on experience and above the industry standard!
    • Dog Handler pay range is between $13-$17/hr
    • Retirement program and matching
    • Paid time off
    • Maternity leave
    • Childcare reimbursement benefit
    • Health Insurance partial reimbursement
    • Performance based bonus incentives
    • Long term employment bonus incentives
    • Discounted animal care
    • Ongoing training in animal care and behavioral education
    • And More

Mission - To provide the most rewarding work environment which fosters a growth of professional, honest, and humble work ethic through mentorship and servant leadership.

Vision - We employ both people experienced in animal care and inexperienced animal lovers looking for an honorable and viable career in animal care. We help develop a custom plan for each individual that will lay out what is needed to achieve their career goals. We provide mentorship and tools in order for driven individuals to always be able to grow as Fetchers grows in order to reach the teams fullest potential.

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Current available positions:


Team Manager

Full time, manager position capable of overseeing team efficiency, culture, and career mentorship and growth in addition to daily operations and customer interaction.

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OPERATIONS manager

Full time, operations execution and efficiency, customer interaction, and servant leadership.

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DOG BATHER OR GROOMER

Part time or Full time possibilities, no groom schooling required to start training.

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PROFESSIONAL DOG HANDLER

Entry Level position which develops understanding of balanced dog handling and behavior of social dog groups.

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Volunteer

Great for inexperienced individuals looking to learn more about the industry or eventually start a career with Fetchers. Must commit to a work schedule and be reliable and dependable.
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Career Opportunities Flow Chart

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Katis Experience

A year ago today my life changed for the better. A year ago I met someone who has been a huge part of where I am today. I remember driving into the driveway of Prairie Peak Kennels and having one of the best days I have had in awhile. Something I don’t think I will ever forget about that day was: Jack was showing me everything about his facility and he brings out one of his training dogs, hands me the leash and says, “let’s see what you got”.

Ever since that day, I have worked extremely hard. I finished high school and college with a degree. I moved out on my own.

I became a professional dog trainer.

This is something I have wanted for as long as I could remember, I just told myself it was just a silly dream. Working hard really does make dreams come true. In this past year I have worked alongside two of the best mentors I could ever imagine, have worked with a great team, met one of my best friends and have had so much fun along the way. All the early morning and late nights, with dance parties in the pens, to singing in the kennel room it has all definitely been worth it.

I would like to thank Jack Lelwica and Shannon Neisen for being great mentors and giving me the best opportunity I could have ever imagined and giving me the chance to prove that I have what it takes. I absolutely love working with you two and at Fetchers to grow my career and make my dream become a reality.


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Jordyns Experience

Since I am an Art Education major at a local college, I have to, unfortunately, leave Fetchers in hopes to get more experience in my future job of being an Art Teacher. I have grown as an employee and I am going to miss everyone and every single dog so much.

Where do I start?

I started at Fetchers with no experience in a doggy daycare facility. The only experience I really had was that I had my own dog, but I have now become a fully trained dog handler and an advocate for Fetchers. I have gained more confidence working with dogs and have learned so many other new things.

Over the past 2 years of being at Fetchers, I have gained so many new relationships with coworkers I wouldn’t trade for the world. I have relationships with so many of the dogs as well. I am going to miss them all so much! They all made me so ecstatic every single shift because they were always so happy to see me. I am really going to miss the pool days, field days, seeing the puppies grow up so fast, and indoor days when it is blizzarding outside.

Thank you, Fetchers, for being an amazing experience. I am going to miss all of you so much. Here is to a new chapter in life but this chapter will not be forgotten.


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Alex's Experience

I worked at Fetcher’s Dog Boarding & Daycare for a little over a year. The experiences I gained in that time were some of the most priceless. Fetcher’s is extremely structured and consistent in how it operates each day. The structure is important for the employees, customers and the dogs that visit Fetcher’s. Timing was everything, and having a consistent schedule allows for a progressive lifestyle. Time management was an essential skill I developed while working at Fetcher’s. It was also very important to the dogs as they knew when they were on bathroom breaks, play time or rest/dinner times. The dogs expressed excitement when they knew it was time to play, and calmness when they knew it was time to use their “potty break” and nap time to wrap up the day and regroup for another day of playing and interacting with their favorite friends.

Teamwork and communication were other skills I developed while working at Fetcher’s. These skills go hand and hand, so it was necessary to learn and develop in both. Communicating with your coworkers was extremely important for everyone to do their jobs efficiently. Everyone has a place and responsibility at all times and knowing where your teammates are and what they are doing is important, especially for the safety of the dogs. We depend on each other like dogs depend on us. Communication was also important in making sure the needs of each individual dog and customer was fulfilled. Keeping up on medication, dinners, and behavior is important to relay between staff and customers so everyone was aware of how each dog was doing each day.

Compassion was another skill I developed while working at Fetcher’s. Compassion for your work ethic and standard was important to have to ensure you represented the business in ways that made the customers see fit. Doing your job with compassion and pride made not only the customers comfortable and trustworthy of the Fetcher’s staff being responsible for their dogs throughout the day, but it also made the dogs' lives better while being uncomfortable away from home. Being compassionate towards the dogs was extremely important in developing relationships with them and understanding what they needed at each moment.

My experience at Fetcher’s has taught me many lessons I will apply throughout my career(s) in my future.

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Clay

Hello, My Name is Clay and I am a Professional Dog Handler at Fetchers. All my life I've been around dogs and a lot of other animals. Being able to work with so many dogs on a regular basis has been a blast and a new learning experience! I currently have one lovely rescue dog named Patches.
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EZ

Hi! I’m Ez, one of the professional dog handlers at Fetchers. Animals have been my whole world since I was very young so it’s only natural that I’ve spent the majority of my teen years working as a dog handler and volunteering at my local zoo. However, I feel I have never worked a day in my life because I love what I do. One of my favorite parts of my day is getting to know a new furry face but also seeing a returning one, both at the kennel or out and about. I’ve grown up around dogs my whole life and have had a variety of other pets through the years. Currently my household is also home to my ball python, Kosj, and is just waiting to welcome more creatures big and small.
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Nick

Hi my name is Nicholas. I am a professional dog handler at Fetchers. I love working with all different kinds of dogs! I grew up with many dogs in my life and I am happy to spend my days hanging out with dogs. I also really enjoy learning about dogs' body language and their behaviors. I have a dog of my own, he is a vizsla poo, his name is Hobbs. I have a deep love for dogs and am excited to continue working with them at Fetchers.

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Sydney

Hi! My name is Sydney and I am a professional dog handler here at Fetchers. I love working with all breeds, sizes and temperaments of dogs. I grew up around many different dogs and am happy to continue to get to know new furry faces here at Fetchers. I especially enjoy learning about each dogs’ personality and what makes them unique.

I have one dog that will be living with me here in Fargo, an Akbash named Ivory, along with a variety of scaly critters and an aquatic frog. I love animals and enjoy the opportunity to continue to work with them here at Fetchers.

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Christina

Hi! I'm Christina. I am a professional dog handler here at Fetchers! I have grown up working with and caring for all species of animals. One of my favorite things about working with dogs is getting to know all of their individual personalities. Coming to work and seeing all the happy dogs is the highlight of my day.
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Caitlyn

Hello! My name is Caitlyn and I am one of the operations managers at Fetchers. I have always loved working with animals and have many years of working in zoos with a variety of species. I want to make sure that all dogs that come to Fetchers receive the best care possible and have a great time while they are with us. I don't currently have any pets of my own as my lifestyle doesn't allow it but I hope to have my own mini zoo one day!
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Sam

Hi! I'm Sam. I am a Professional Dog Handler here at Fetchers. I've worked with dogs for years and love coming into work to see their happy faces everyday! I have a cat named Vladimir but I grew up with the sweetest dalmatian and would love to get a dog of my own soon. I love getting to know and care for all your dogs everyday!
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Riley

Hi, I'm Riley! I'm a professional dog handler at Fetchers. I have years of experience working with

dogs of all breeds, sizes, and temperaments. One of my biggest joys in life is getting to know dogs so I always treat each dog I meet like they’re family!
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Sarah

Hi, my name is Sarah. I'm a dog groomer in training. I have only been employed at Fetchers for a short time, but love it already. Their dedication and care for animals is amazing, and just the kind of place I want to work! My current lifestyle doesn't allow for dogs, but I do have a cat named Shadow who is just as crazy as every cat, but I love him. My goal here at Fetchers is to make every dog leaving look fresh and happy, so I look forward to meeting your four legged children.

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Katie

Hi! I’m Katie, a professional dog handler here at Fetchers! I have grown up around a lot of dogs and have always loved them. I have 2 dogs, Buck and Bear. I love getting to know each dog and being able to make their time at Fetchers a time to remember!

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Emery

Hello, I am Emery! I am an Animal Science Major and have a minor in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. I absolutely love working at Fetchers. Seeing the happy tails of the dogs I work with always brightens my day. Growing up I was always around pets. My family has 2 dogs, and 7 cats. I have always had an interest in training dogs since helping train my first dog. Working at Fetchers helps me build more confidence around different breeds of dogs. I am grateful to fetchers for my experience.
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Hannah

Hi! I'm Hannah and I'm one of the professional dog handlers here at Fetchers. For the past few years, I have adored working with animals. Not only do I get the chance to work with your pup, but I also work with horses at a boarding stable outside of town. Both experiences have taught me a ton in behavior, patience, and teamwork. I have a couple of fish and two dogs at home: Molly, a Blue Heeler/Black Lab, and Rosie, a Chihuahua/Dachshund!

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Alex

Hey y'all! I'm Alex, one of the professional dog handlers here at Fetchers. I grew up around all kinds of animals, but have had mostly dogs my entire life. I have a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from NDSU and have many years experience working with animals (outside my own) in both daycare and veterinary settings!  My husband and I have two dogs, Ajax, a supermutt, and Spike, a terrier mix, and two cats, Gadget and Gizmo! I love getting to care for all your cute pups everyday!

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Sophia

Hello! I'm Sophia, a professional dog handler here at Fetchers! I grew up with two dogs, and have grown to love all animals. My favorite thing about working as a dog handler is getting to know all of the dogs and their own unique personalities. I have my own sheltie named Ruby-Belle!

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Emmy

Well hello there! I’m Emmy, a professional dog handler here at Fetchers. Outside of caring for and getting to know your dog, I stay busy with the mini zoo I run at home! I have two horses, Stitch and Jumba; three cats, Beaker, Sophia, and Dorothy; three guinea pigs, George, Louis, and Alex; and a Border Collie/Australian Shepard named Colt!

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Shannon

Hello! I’m Shannon and I am the manager of Fetchers. I am a veterinary technologist with many years of professional experience caring for dogs. I have a Pomeranian named Zander and an orange Tabby cat named Kevin. My mission is to give your dog the best home away from home.

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Taylor

Hi! I’m Taylor, I am an assistant manager here at Fetchers.  I have three dogs. Todd a Shiba Inu, Dagwood a Lab/Husky and Millie a Kelpie/Border Collie. I have a background in veterinary science and 5 years of veterinary experience. In my off time I enjoy pheasant hunting with my dog Dagwood and walking my dogs off leash at our farm!

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Kati

Hello! I am Kati, the head trainer at Fetchers. I grew up with a love of dogs and loved being able to go anywhere and have a well behaved dog. I am here to help the Fetchers team and the community of Fargo build a solid foundation and a strong bond with their four pawed, fury best friends. I enjoy participating in dock diving events with my golden retriever, Arlo, and working in the sport of IGP bite work with my german shepherd, Otto.

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Katrina

Hello! My name is Katrina and I’m a Professional Groomer at Fetchers. I always knew I wanted to do something with animals. When I started grooming in 2017 I never looked back. Being able to make dogs feel good and look their best is one of the greatest joys in my life. My other joy is my husband and our large family of animals which includes two dogs (Darla a Standard Poodle and Hermione a Pitbull), cats, and exotics.

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Jack

Hi dog owners! I am Jack the co-founder of Fetchers. I am a professional dog trainer, behaviorist, and nutritionist. I am here to help teach the Fetchers team, dog owners, and community about being a confident leader among your dog pack. This allows dogs and owners to get the most out of their relationship. I enjoy pheasant and grouse hunting with my dogs and just walking off leash with our 5 dogs through nature.

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Ashley

Hey dog lovers! I am Ashley, the co-founder of Fetchers. I am here to help serve you and your dog to ensure they have the best life possible. My favorite breed is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and my favorite animal activity is riding my horse while my dogs run along side off leash.