Are you the type of person who loves dogs? Do you like interacting with dogs as much as possible? If so, have you ever dreamt of becoming a dog trainer and being able to help many other people with their dog dilemmas?
With the horrific dog attacks we read about so often in the press, the number of dog bites increasing every year and so many owners feeling frustrated and at their wits end with their dogs’ unwanted behaviour, there is definitely a need for more professional dog trainers.
Learning how to communicate to a dog in their language and being able to understand what their canine needs and expectations are really is the best gift anyone can give to their dog. It is also a recipe for a happy and well balanced dog and owner too.
Humans and canines speak 2 different languages and dogs have different needs and expectations than our own. The number of attacks would dramatically decrease if more dog owners understood how their dogs think and knew how to correctly put the information that dogs need in place using kind and gentle methods.
So, let’s talk about how to become a dog trainer…
If you feel you were MEANT to work with dogs, that it’s your ‘calling’ and would like to make a difference in the world then here’s a 9 step checklist of what to look for when choosing a great dog trainer course:
1) The course MUST teach methods that are kind and humane which means NO shouting or hitting the dog.
2) The company’s ethics and methods resonate with you.
3) Dogs and humans speak 2 different languages – it’s SO much easier for us to learn THEIR language rather than they learn OURS. Courses that focus on empowering and educating the dog owner as well as training the dog are key factors to look for.
4) The best way to learn is to roll up your sleeves and get involved yourself. It’s really important to find a course that offers ‘hands-on’ situations and training so you learn from the inside out. The course needs to include both ‘real-life’ experiences as well as theory.
5) Each course has a small number of participants so that each member is given individual attention, support and direction.
6) The course has a ‘building block’ approach – you are shown step-by-step what to do BEFORE you get to ‘practice’ in real life situations in a controlled and supported environment.
7) The course offers both dog training tuition AND in depth information, support and guidance on how to set up and run a successful business.
8) There are no “official” governing bodies in the UK that regulate dog trainers so it’s vital that whoever you train with are well established, have glowing reviews and are credible. Ensure that upon completion of the course you receive certification showing you have completed your training.
9) There is on-going support offered after the course.
It really is the best feeling getting up in the morning and actually looking forward to going to work. It’s a profession that offers great job satisfaction and is very rewarding. It’s pleasing to see how dogs (and owners!) become calm and balanced before your eyes as a direct result of what you taught them.
Many people spend more time at work than anywhere else which is why it is important that we are doing something we choose to do whilst paying the bills at the same time. With growth expected in the pet industry you will be well paid and get to work with what you love the most, dogs.