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I am getting to the stage in life where I want to know what I want my career to be. I want it to be focused on animals, and more specifically dogs(or horses) . If it wouldn't be too much trouble could you please list some jobs that include working with dogs or some links to websites that include info about some doggie jobs. Also, if there are some horsey people out there could you do the same for horses? Thanks sooo much!

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Dogs:
Trainer, groomer, vet, pet sitter, doggie daycare, etc..

Horses:
Trainer, boarding stable worker, vet, exercise rider, show groom, etc..

I've done all of these. (Well, I'm not a vet but I've worked at vets).
 

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Hi!

I am getting to the stage in life where I want to know what I want my career to be. I want it to be focused on animals, and more specifically dogs(or horses) . If it wouldn't be too much trouble could you please list some jobs that include working with dogs or some links to websites that include info about some doggie jobs. Also, if there are some horsey people out there could you do the same for horses? Thanks sooo much!

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Veterinarian
Vet assistant
Shelter manager
Trainer
K9 police officer
Arranger for dog shows
Dog show judge
Groomer
Pharmaceutical research for dogs (heart worm medication etc.)
Seamstress for dog clothes
Dog boutique owner
 

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Dog movie star handler
Attorney specializing in dog related cases
Dog cruelty investigator
Bakery producing dog cookies/foods
Professional dog walker
Insurance agent specializing in homeowners insurance allowing dogs, etc.
 

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Well, I don't know about dog jobs, but I do know about horse jobs! I'm actually going to be 'breaking into' the horse job/training market in the next year or two :)

Horse Trainer
Human Trainer (give kids lessons)
Barn Manager
Vet
Horse Nutritionist (these people are INVALUBLE!!!)
Horse Chiropractor (I'm still looking for a good one)
Horse Dentist
Barefoot Trimmer
Horse Acupuncturist
etc...

I don't know if you'd even be interested in HALF of that but I personally believe that a good nutritionist, chiropractor, and trimmer are the most invaluble people ever. Even over my vet. My parents think I'm crazy, but whatever :) My horses are happy, healthy and move amazingly (well, Toby will once I can get enough money together for the amazingly expensive chiropractor) :)
 

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the biggest thing is going to be starting small and working your way up. a lot of the animal fields are like this (aside from like, vets- even so working at an office as a receptionist is a good start) youre going to have to start with the poo-poo jobs. with horses, i started out as a groom. cleaning stalls, feeding, haying, etc. then in a few years when i gained a good grasp on everything i started training and owning, and i breed too. small scale though, i only have one really nice broodmare that we used to race. it pays off, i have a filly that just qualified for the NY sire stakes.

with dogs, i started off in dog daycare. which is really kind of backwards because they tend to be the lowest payed and most hard working at a facility, though a good daycare worker is the most valuable to me. as i worked i apprenticed as a trainer and became the kennel supervisor. after working at different daycares and a shelter i now manage a dog daycare, am a trainer and a nutrition consultant. i have also had my own business making dog treats, which unfortunately took a collapse when the economy went to hell. but hopefully i can get back into that soon. im hoping to open my own facility in a few years.

basically what i am getting at is it takes time. a lot of time. there is schooling you can do, but the hands on experience is the most valuable thing you will have. im planning on getting certified for canine and equine massage therapy this year once i have some extra money. my biggest thing is having myself well rounded. i want to be able to do anything i need to, i dont want to be limited. also taking the time to work your way up is a great way to see what kinds of things are in high demand, what people are looking for. people may not be looking for someone to help with their dogs diet as much as they are looking for someone to sell them tastely looking treats, BUT being able to make these treats and SELL them by being able to say they are healthy and WHY they are healthy, is going to be more valuable for you.:) hope this helps a little.
 

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I don't know how old you are, but have you thought about getting an animal related job right now (if you are a teen or older)? I'm 19 and started working at a doggie daycare last year, where they hire high school and college students for part time (and full time) work. I know a number of people who have animal related part time jobs, internships, or even just volunteer.
If you are too young to get a job yet, maybe you can volunteer at a rescue or shelter. You can start trying things out to try to see what you like to do and get experience to put on resumes and applications in the future.
 

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Dobergirl I thought you were like, 20!

I'm a dog groomer. Best job in the world, and you can get into it young! There are lots of Young Kennel Club handler and groomer competitions; contact the grooming association if you think this sounds appealing.

I love grooming and started at the bottom; training in a local salon for free. I got hands on experience and after about a year of training I was taken on part time. I already groomed my own dogs for show so I had a handle on most aspects of grooming anyway, but definately needed training for things like handling difficult dogs, etc.

Have you thought about handling? A lot of young handlers at show these days and though it can be bitchy, it seems like a fun hobby. I love handling and showing, so if you have a decent dog that's trainable and think it seems like a good idea, definately go for it. Doesn't have to be at big shows either, check out Fosse Data: Championship Dog Show Schedules, Results and Information for lots of Open shows that only cost about a tenner to enter and are usually not too far away. Check out local ringcraft classes to practise.
 

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Haha, what made you think I'm twenty?

Grooming is not really my forte. I don't have a trainable dog either. What do you need to have to be a dog trainer/behaviourist? I think I'm going to have to be stuck doing some boring humany job because I don't think I can ever get enough experience to get a dog realted job.
 

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You can use grammar and punctuation. I know many twenty year olds that can't even do that!

At 13 you'll be coming up to work experience at school, probably when you're fifteen. This will be a good chance to look into dog related jobs. Other than that, I would just read read read and research training. If you just love dogs then I don't see why you couldn't be a dog walking extraordinaire in the making, but right now just enjoy your teens and remember that most people don't know their careers until they're on average 26, so try not to worry. :)
 

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Haha, what made you think I'm twenty?

Grooming is not really my forte. I don't have a trainable dog either. What do you need to have to be a dog trainer/behaviourist? I think I'm going to have to be stuck doing some boring humany job because I don't think I can ever get enough experience to get a dog realted job.
this is not true. starting early and explaining your goals at a job interview can help you land the job even if you dont have the experience. a lot of people will hire with no experience. cleaning kennels, vet receptionist, etc. are positions that you can get without experience. what i deal with, when i hire though, i need experience. i cant throw someone with no experience in a group of 30+ dogs and expect them to handle that. but lower scale dog daycares or chain ones (like bow wow) do hire with no experience. you just have to start with the crappy jobs as sad as it sounds.

and #1 rule when you have an interview, if they ask "why do you want this position?" or "why do you want to work in dog daycare" DONT say "because i love dogs".... thats an immediate dismissal for me. you can love dogs as much as you want, but unless there is more reason, you wont be cut out for the job IMHO.
 

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What GreatDaneMom said, the amount of people who think they want to groom because they love dogs is incredible. Someone even said to me 'It must be so great to just cuddle puppies all day!'.
 

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and #1 rule when you have an interview, if they ask "why do you want this position?" or "why do you want to work in dog daycare" DONT say "because i love dogs".... thats an immediate dismissal for me. you can love dogs as much as you want, but unless there is more reason, you wont be cut out for the job IMHO.
What would you like as an answer to this question?

At 13 you'll be coming up to work experience at school, probably when you're fifteen. This will be a good chance to look into dog related jobs.
But the one dog working place around here doesn't take work experience. Do you think I could get a work experience-age 15- place in a local vet's helping out? Or would they accept me at a dog groomer?

The only thing that stands in your way is you.
If you want something bad enough, think outside the box, go out, and get it.
Thanks!

And thanks the rest of you guys too! I'd love even more advice!
 

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When I was in high school, there was a program called the "Explorers Program." You could sign up to visit different workplaces in your field of interest. At that time, I wanted to be a vet. I went to numerous clinics (all at night). We watched a dental cleaning, interviewed some vets, etc. I actually had the opportunity to assist in the spaying of a rescue dog. Removing an ovary was an interesting experience to say the least. I enjoyed the program very much. Maybe contact some schools and see if they have a program like that, or even try contacting the businesses directly.
 
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