This might sound really dumb... but how do people become dog trainers? I wanna be one! :) Ok, that was sortof a joke. I am really interested in it, but I can't quit my day job! BUT... how do you get started? I will admit that I have been watching a lot of Cesar Millan lately and I just think he wasn't "trained". He's just got it. You know? But, without adopting more and more dogs, how would I ever be exposed to that and work with dogs, which is what I love to do???? Volunteer at the shelter ? My only problem with that is that I don't know if I could handle working there. I would cry all day every day. I would have a houseful of dogs in one day. I want to work with dogs but if I spent too much time at the shelter, I think it would break me too bad. So... how do I "test my skills" or get any practice on new dogs??? Because mine is perfect and needs no training. :) ha ha ha.... Ideas?
>>Volunteer at the shelter ? My only problem with that is that I don't know if I could handle working there. I would cry all day every day.<<
Actually that would be a great place to start. You would come in contact with all sorts of breeds! I think once you saw some get adopted (especially ones with good training) you wouldn't feel so bad! It would help with adoptions to have a dog at least know how to walk on a leash, sit, down etc and it would be because you helped.
Maybe try it out. If you find it too depressing then you could always stop. I think you would find it very fulfilling and helpful to gain new knowlege.
Check the phone book under dog training. I know a couple ads in our book say you can take a class to become a certified trainer.
Many service dog organizations are also looking for volunteers to help with training. I trained my first two assistance dogs with Handi-Dogs. They train you to train your dog.
I personally prefer clicker training. Read some of Karen Pryor's books for a good understanding of the how and why of it. I trained two St Bernards using the Koehler method, but it didn't work as well with my Aussies. Since I learned clicker training, I doubt I would ever use anything else.
Good luck. It's a lot of fun and very rewarding (and sometimes very challenging) to train a dog.
you can go to schools that teach you how to be a dog trainer. i was actually considering going to one in vancouver for a while but changed my mind. this school you would go to you could bring your dog with you to help you understand, or i think you could use one of his dogs. i think it is pretty intense though, like you are there for nearly a whole year or something. anyways it seemed interesting but i am not sure that is what i want to do....maybe
***Edited By: silkypup on 8/13/2006 12:41:25 PM*** Reason: add
I sooo don't have any extra time. That is my problem. Lots of dreams, so little time! ;)
I agree on the shelter thing. I know that if I am going to try and do this, there are a lot of things about myself that I need to get over, or deal with. Finding a way to stop crying about it is a good first step! ;) It would help me as much as the dogs.
I will look into those books that someone mentioned also. Thanks for the good advice.
Hey, so your thinking of becoming a dog trainer? You can make a living at it. I attended a school for Dog Trainers by Austin in a little town called Hutto. It was the best thing I ever did. They teach you so much and expose you to different methods, different problems and how to solve them, and to a large variety of dogs. You would learn about puppy training, basic thur advanced obedience and agility, tricks, tracking, protection training, how teach group and private lessons, and much much more. If your serious about becoming a dog trainer this is your best bet. You can learn it on your own but it will take a long time, and if you run into a problem dog you would have any idea of what going on and how to fix it. At a school you are being taught by reknow professionals that can help you understand whats going on inside the dog, and what are the best ways to approach the problem. I loved going to this school, and would recommend it to anyone who is serious about becoming a dog trainer. Hope this helps.
Do you have a community college? The one here offers adult classes in all types of things. They have a Canine Massage Certification class that I want to take, and they also have a class that will teach you how to become a dog trainer. Its neat because they teach you not only the techniques to use, but also work with you on marketing and record keeping and all that. I think its like $700.
I will look into the community colleges around here. I am going to bet they dont' have it, but I am pessimistic! ;) I am in school right now working on my masters' and I work full time, but it is really something I would absolutely love to do! Could you imagine hanging out with dogs and helping their owners love and appreciate them more?!?!? hmm... one day. One Day!
n e wary of some of the pet dog training certs...some of them are not worth the money or the paper they are written on. i know th ebig one right now is the cpdt....certified pet dog trainer. though I do not know what is entailed it seems to be the one i see on a lot of web sites/