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Old 04-10-2019, 06:24 PM
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Question Advice for someone interested in becoming a Dog trainer?

I have always been interested in Dog training and animal behavior. I really want to go to a school for Dog training, but with my busy work schedule it would have to be an online school. I would love recommendations and advice. Thank you!
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:04 PM
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You actually dont need to go to school to become a dog trainer!

I worked as a kennel tech in a vet clinic for 2 years, then as a kennel tech at a dog boarding/training/daycare/grooming facility for 6 months, and then they promoted me to dog trainer there, and I've been working as a dog trainer there for the last year and a half. I've also been training my own dogs and studying and researching dog training for years even before I got my first job at that vet clinic.

Our newest trainer at my job took a dog training course through ABC (Animal Behavior College) and received a certification from them, and that's how she got hired even though she had zero kennel/dog work experience.

I'm currently studying on my own to take the CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed) to receive that certification, just to be able to put it on my resume since my goal is to run my own dog training business. I've been doing my own dog training on the side for a few years now, where I go to clients' homes and do private lessons with them and their dogs. I'm studying for this certification to show potential clients my experience and knowledge.

There are many certifications you can get online for dog training, but in all actuality, none of them actually mean anything. There are a million ways to train a dog, and each one of these certification tests/courses follow different training methods. However, employers and/or potential clients do like to see someone with certifications. I recommend doing some research yourself and decide which one(s), if any, you decide are worth it to you to go after.

You could also enroll in an online college course on zoology, biology, etc., which would also look good to employers.

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