While dog trainers may work with dogs on a near-daily basis, they may also be responsible for "training" their owners, who care for their dog outside of the trainer's domain. These trainers are tasked with training wild and crazy dogs to become more tame, which requires unique skills, extreme determination and patience, and, of course, a genuine love for animals.
A minimum of an associate's degree from an accredited institution is generally required for this position, and an individual must have passed the CPDT-KA (Certified Pet Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) test to become a certified dog trainer. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are also important for this position in order to provide owners of dogs with the skills and tools needed to continue the work which has been started. Dog trainers generally work in kennel and conduct classes during the weekdays, and some may be required to conduct classes on weekends.
Dog Trainer Tasks
Conduct classes or private lessons to teach owners how to train and develop better relationships with their dogs.
Schedule and advertise class and private lesson times, locations, and prices.
Observe and evaluate dog behaviors to determine the best training methods or solutions to behavioral problems.