Start a Dog Trainer Business

Many people express interest in the field of dog training, but are unsure of how to get started, or what qualifications are required.  This article aims to clarify the process.

The first thing to know is that training dogs is primarily about working with people, so prospective trainers must enjoy interacting with people on a daily basis.  In short, trainers teach people to train their own dogs:  very few trainers actually train the dog.  A love of learning is required, as well as patience and understanding of a variety of learning styles.  

Secondly, “trainer” is not a defined term.  Anyone can call themselves a “trainer,” since no federal or state certification is required at this time (more information on available certification will be discussed below), so finding qualified professionals to learn from is crucial.

Read books on the subject. Since there is no formal educational program in dog training, your best source of knowledge is to read books that have published by professionals in the field. These books will give you the fundamental knowledge required to effectively communicate and teach dogs, as well as give you more information about the profession.

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  • You should read books on the science of animal behavior as well as books on the profession of dog training itself. Be sure that the books you read about animal behavior have proper scientific backing. The following books are recommended by the Humane Society for aspiring dog trainers:
  • Don't Shoot The Dog! by Karen Pryor
  • Excel-erated Learning by Pam Reid
  • So You Want To Be A Dog Trainer by Nicole Wilde
  • Coaching People To Train Their Dogs by Terry Ryan
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    Volunteer at a local animal shelter. This will give you an opportunity to develop and improve your dog-handling skills by learning to deal with many unfamiliar dogs at once.
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    Sign up for a local dog training class.If you don't want to participate in the class, ask the teacher if you can sit in and observe. This will give you a chance to observe a professional dog trainer and pick up on his or her teaching style. Bring your dog with you, if you have one, so that you can actively participate in the class.
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    Work as an apprentice with a dog trainer. This is the best way to learn the profession since there are very few formal dog training courses. Find a local dog trainer or ask somebody you already know who is a dog trainer whether you can apprentice for them. Apprentices sit in on classes, assist in teaching, and gradually lead classes under supervision of the teacher.
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    Find a job. Once you have done the necessary reading and completed your apprenticeship, look for animal shelters or training schools in your area that are currently hiring trainers.
  5. From Basics Pro to the Master Class, our comprehensive curriculum includes 10 phases that cover everything from puppy development and obedience training to behavior solutions and successful career building.                                       
  6. Dog Training Program Highlights:

    • Flexible, self-paced program allows you to study on your own time, in your own town
    • Tons of hands-on activities with dogs to build your training skills

    Akila the Yorkie knows how to lie down on command, and fast.
    • Certified professional Mentor Trainers to guide and teach you, including our School Director, David Muriello, CPDT-KA. Read about The CATCH Difference to see how we ensure you’re always paired up with a top Mentor Trainer.
    • Business and career building skills to ensure your success as a professional
    • Complimentary Job and Business Consultations for Master Class graduates. This is totally personal to your needs and includes one-on-one coaching by phone with one of our experienced dog trainers: your Program Director or our School Director.
    • Your own library of the best training books & videos in the  world including the CATCH Study  Guide
    • Student Support Team and your own Program Director, available via a toll free number, to help you in every phase from application to graduation
    • Certificationprofessional diploma, and seal to showcase your credentials to your clients

    A Fascinating Learning Experience

    • Your learning experience is designed to be fun, fascinating, and highly effective. As a CATCH Student, you will:
      • Engage with fascinating, step-by-step study materials including books, videos, photos, and sessions with your Mentor Trainer
      • Train along with easy-to-follow videos to learn techniques and build skills as you work with multiple dogs
      Gulliver the Chocolate Lab is paying beautiful attention to his handler. Good boy!
      • Study social interactions with dogs in real situations to read dog behavior in real time
      • Join in “trainers talk” with professors and peers to practice expressing your ideas, learn from one another, and be part of our supportive community
      • Train and evaluate shelter dogs for an incredible opportunity to develop your skills while helping dogs in need
      • Show off your hands-on training and teaching skills to your Mentor Trainer to get professional feedback that will take your skills to the next level
      • Graduate from each phase with a new set of knowledge and skills, leading to completion of your final phase and certification from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy

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  1. Hey friends how are you I want share with you some dog training tips hope you try its work really work. Learn to listen to your dog. If your dog appears to be uncomfortable meeting another dog, animal or person, don’t insist that he say hello. He’s telling you that he isn’t comfortable for a reason, and you should respect that. Forcing the issue can often result in bigger problems down the line. Most people don’t have a problem being very clear about when they are unhappy with their dogs, but, they often ignore the good stuff. Big mistake! Make sure you give your dog lots of attention when he’s doing the right thing. Let him know when he’s been a good boy. That’s the time to be extra generous with your attention and praise. It’s even okay to be a little over the top. Just because the bag says “a treat all dogs love” doesn’t mean your dog will automatically love it. Some dogs are very selective about what they like to eat. Soft and chewy treats are usually more exciting for your dog than hard and crunchy treats. Keep your eyes open for what he enjoys. There is nothing inherently wrong with telling your dog “no,” except that it doesn’t give him enough information. Instead of telling your dog “no,” tell him what you want him to do. Dogs don’t generalize well, so if your dog jumps up on someone to say hello and you say no, he may jump higher or he may jump to the left side instead of the right. A better alternative would be to ask him to “sit.” Tell him what you want him to do in order to avoid confusion. Whenever you’re training your dog, it’s important to get as many family members involved as possible so everyone’s on the same page. If you are telling your dog “off” when he jumps on the couch and someone else is saying “down,” while someone else is letting him hang out up there, how on earth is he ever going to learn what you want? Consistency will be the key to your success. Changing behavior takes time. You need to have realistic expectations about changing your dog’s behavior as well as how long it will take to change behaviors that you don’t like. Often behaviors which are “normal” doggie behaviors will take the most time such as barking, digging and jumping. You also need to consider how long your dog has rehearsed the behavior. For example, if you didn’t mind that your dog jumped up on people to say hi for the last seven years and now you decide that you don’t want him to do that anymore, that behavior will take a much longer time to undo than if you had addressed it when he was a pup. Remember it’s never too late to change the behavior some will just take longer than others.
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