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Becoming a Certified Dog Trainer

Oct 12, 2007
Television can bring to light many different types of careers. One of these is being a certified dog trainer. This is an ideal career is a person loves to work around animals.

It may not be a traditional job in an office but it is a career in which someone is doing what they love. The trainer is instrumental in teaching both the pet and owner how to bond and interact with each other. It is very satisfying to know that your knowledge and skill is being passed on to other animal lovers.

Becoming a certified dog trainer begins with a love of animals. It requires patience and a desire to interact with the animal. Dog obedience training takes knowledge and a compassionate nature in order for there to be success.

Most people do not turn to a certified dog trainer until there is an obvious sign of dog aggression and then the battle begins. Training starts when the animal first comes home and continues throughout the life-time of the canine.

Most training programs begin with the basics. The basics understand pet aggression, knowing animal physiology and psychology as well as learning how to communicate with the dog.

Puppy training is where most people come into contact with their first problems. A certified trainer takes classes on how to deal with a puppy just as a school teacher would a child.

Once the basics of dog behavior are down, then begin the specialized coursework designed to train a pet through a variety of methods. The instruction will teach how to use a variety of instruction in order to train the pet such as through a clicker or through positive reinforcement.

Other steps include teaching safety to the owners as well as the dog. It is also important to learn how to deal with dogs that are more difficult to deal with due to a past history of violence or pet fighting.

Once the coursework is complete, the certified dog trainer is ready to begin. There are a variety of places to work such as pet supply stores, kennels or even opening up a business.

One great example of a certified trainer is Cesar Millan who works with troubled dogs and their owners on his hit television show 'The Dog Whisperer' airing on cable.

A freelance trainer will not punch a clock or find them working day-in and day-out within the confines of an office building. There is the freedom of working outdoors and getting to play while being paid.

If you decide to work for a company such as Pets Mart then you can get benefits as well. You may never be famous but you will be important to the people you help.
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