Features February 2012 Issue

Advice on How to Become a Professional Dog Trainer

You may be extremely talented at training dogs – but most of the “dog trainer” job is teaching humans to train their own dogs. This takes an entirely different skill set, including superior communication abilities, and a different knowledge base, especially of human psychology.

Advice on How to Become a Professional Dog Trainer

Want to work like a dog? Become a dog trainer!

Despite a lagging economy, the pet care industry continues to thrive, experiencing a steady increase for the past 17 years. According to the American Pet Products Association, we spent more than $50 billion on our animal friends in 2011. With an estimated 46 million American households owning at least one dog, many long-time dog lovers are considering a career partnership with man’s best friend. Regardless of what inspires you to explore a career training dogs, it’s critically important to recognize that, above all, dog training is a profession. As such, there are many important considerations and obligations to be aware of.

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