Animal Husbandry and Other Unnatural Acts: A Career in Dog Training
Do you like dogs? Do they like you back?
Well, in that case, maybe YOU have what it takes to make it in the ruff and kibble world of canine coaching. Maybe. But before you start barking up
this career tree, it might be beneficial to get a little information first. The exiting world of dog training covers several areas of expertise, so consider
which dog track you want to take.
So, like, what do I need to know? Isn't it just "Sit, Heel, Stay"?
I am so glad you asked. Dog training encompasses much more than simple submission commands. Yes, a career in dog training can and does
involve obedience training, but it can also delve much deeper. For instance, you could become an Animal Behaviorist, or a Behavioral Consultant.
These professionals burrow into Rover's psyche, working to dig up the long buried bones of his past. Rather than flea the past, they use it to see what
makes him tick (Ooh, that one even made ME groan).
You mean I have to be a dog shrink?
Many in the dog-training field, especially Behaviorists, study not only veterinary science, but also psychology. So, in a way, you kind of become a
"dog shrink" as you so eloquently put it. But this training helps with more than just the dog. Don't forget, the dogs you will be training generally have
owners, and some dog owners don't realize that they may be the cause of the behavioral issues exhibited by their puppy pals (think of the mom of that
snotty, screaming kid in the checkout line at grocery store who thinks she's a great parent), and that they need to learn how to interact more effectively
with their pets. It's up to a trained dog specialist to uncover and rectify this.
So how much schooling up am I gonna need before I begin my career in dog training?
Many experts in the field of dog training will tell you it takes three to five years of serious, intensive study and hands-on dog training and handling to
even become a good novice trainer. Becoming an