How To Become A Dog Trainer
When considering how to become a dog trainer, it's important to note that no degree is required. However, we highly suggest getting trained to train dogs first.
- Enroll in a dog training certification course. Again, this step is not required to become a dog trainer, but we very highly suggest it. One of the best-known dog trainer certifications in the country is the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). There are a variety of schools available, however. Taking a certification course will give you invaluable knowledge regarding becoming a dog trainer.
- Attend seminars, workshops and conferences. You may be surprised at just how many there are. There are so very many specialized seminars when it comes to dog training, that it's good to attend as many as possible. Some of these seminars have topics such as handling and training aggressive dogs, canine anatomy, tracking, protection training, search and rescue, trick training, animal control laws and bomb and narcotics detection. This is just a very small selection of the dozens and dozens of seminars out there. Most are between one and four days, and not too expensive. Many large chain pet stores do in-store training and allow you to watch. You can learn a lot by watching how those trainers work.
- Get hands-on experience. It's a good idea to get as much hands-on experience as possible. Try volunteering for a training facility. Try training your dog, or your family and friends' dogs. Shadow a dog trainer, or better yet, work for a dog trainer.
- Decide how you want to work. There are many options. You could work for another dog trainer or open your own business. You could go to the dogs' homes, or have them come to you. You could train in groups or one-on-one. There are many options out there, so you'll have to decide how you want to run your business.
Posted on: Apr. 08, 2010