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How to Become a Dog Trainer

Would you like to become a dog trainer? There is no better time than now to become a dog trainer. There are literally 1000s of dogs and owners out there desperate for help. In this blog I’m going to cover some key things on how to become a dog trainer.

It really is a great feeling to be getting up in the morning and thinking, who am I helping today? And what lovely dogs am I going to be spending my time with?

Who is it perfect for?

You need to be really honest with yourself, whether you have a deep respect for animals and a love and affection for people. Whilst everything else can be learned, fundamentally that is what you need at your core, because that is what’s going to keep you striving forward and be willing to show up and continually problem solve for people.

What skills will you need?

🐾  A genuine and deep respect for dogs 

🐾  A love of working with people 

🐾  Great communication skills 

🐾  Good observational skills 

🐾  Basic coaching and teaching skills 

🐾  Flexible 

🐾  A sense of humour 

🐾  A desire to learn 

How to Become a Dog Trainer

What do you need to do?

At the moment there is no one governing body in the dog training industry, and dog trainers are not required to have any certain qualifications or demonstrate a certain level of skill and experience. This is being looked at and will hopefully change in the future to enable unity and safety in the industry. However, you will want to approach your new career in a responsible way.

🐾  Read books and current articles that support science-based, accurate information

🐾  Take dog training qualifications with a reputable organisation

🐾  Get experience working with dogs (help out at a rescue centre, shadow a (great) trainer and assist at classes, help friends and family walking their dogs) 

🐾  Learn the business basics

🐾  Find and work with an experienced mentor

How long does it take?

Now this is a very difficult question to answer as there are many variables. 

The time it takes you to qualify as a dog trainer will depend on how much time you have available, the speed with which you progress, the extent of the training you wish to undertake, and which training provider you choose to qualify with. By training provider, I mean the body that you will qualify with, such as Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) or COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists & Trainers. There are many more providers that you are able to qualify with, this is just an example.

​​​How to get started

One of your first steps would be to choose a training provider that promotes science based, force free training. Once you have done this, it is imperative that you have a mentor, a mentor will guide and coach you through your exciting journey from the business related aspect as well providing dog training support. Us dog trainers are a lovely bunch of people, and we love having people shadowing/assisting us, learning our skill and carrying on the wonderful work of training dogs one owner at a time.

dog training classes

Your next step is to come and join us for the Aspire 3 Day Dog Trainer Experience.

It takes place over three days, on the 8th, 9th and 10th November from 7pm-9pm, via Zoom.

After the 3 days YOU will:

🐾  Have a clear vision for how your life will change when you become a dog trainer

🐾  Learn everything you need to know to become a dog trainer and opening your dog training business

🐾  Unblock anything holding you back from the job of your dreams

🐾  Leave with a 10 step action plan to start your new career

It will obviously be better if you can be there with us live but if you can’t, then don’t panic, do still register. You will get access to all the recordings.

Aspire Dog Trainer Experience

We hope the above has given you lots of information on how to become a dog trainer, if we have whet your appetite for more information, don’t forget to sign up for our Aspire Dog Trainer Experience, we look forward to seeing you there.

Wags & Woofs

Rachel & Phil

If you would like information on how Canine Connection Company can help you with tailored packages for training your dog, training classes, provding dog walking services or if you would like to hire our private fields, be sure to check out our website.

Canine Connection Company – Dog Trainers & Behaviourist

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