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.