Career Development

Why Prairie Peak Kennels?
  1.  We are voted best Dog Daycare, Boarding, and Grooming business in the Fargo Moorhead area every year (inforums2019&2020) since we opened! We were labeled "Best Boarding & Daycare kennel in all of North Dakota" ( 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! We have exciting plans being implemented in 2021 including expansion plans!
  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 Prairie Peak, 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 $11-$14/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
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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 Prairie Peak grows in order to reach the teams fullest potential.


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

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

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

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Great for inexperienced individuals looking to learn more about the industry or eventually start a career with Prairie Peak. Must commit to a work schedule and be reliable and dependable.


Career Opportunities Flow Chart


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 Prairie Peak to grow my career and make my dream become a reality.


Jordyns Experience

Since I am an Art Education major at a local college, I have to, unfortunately, leave Prairie Peak 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 Prairie Peak 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 Prairie Peak. I have gained more confidence working with dogs and have learned so many other new things.

Over the past 2 years of being at Prairie Peak, 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, Prairie Peak, 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.


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.