Tere is no requirment for being a dog trainer. I could call myself a professional trainer. and open a buisness with no certification or quals. So caertifications from dog traing schools. does not tell me anything. I was doing some research on becoming a professonal. and to my suprise tha is what i found. when i eventuallty retire iwant to buy a small farm and build some kennels and train dogs. much to my suprise i all have to do is buy the farm and charge people this makes me a dog trainer? I hardly think not. i know i have much to learn about dog training.
That is interesting. We are working with the one that works at the Humane Society where we got Bella. It makes me feel more confident when I tell people we are taking classes there and they are like....oooh you are training with Bob!! He is fantastic! This includes people I have met at Petco, vets office, and on walks through the neighborhood. I guess it shows us that we should research anyone who we are looking to for training.
I too was looking at becoming a trainer. There are two organizations that you can be accredieted by, but you have to have so many dogs you have trained to do it. I also read, that if you want to become a trainer, you should try to read every book out there that talks about different ways of training to compare?, and go to LOTS of seminars for trainees. But going to one of those schools, you'd at least learn how to train dogs and such, then use those techniques. I think the most of a trainers business is by their experience, "they trained this and this dog to do this, they're good, lets go there" and word of mouth.
Wow. I can call myself a dog trainer! I leashbroke a Chihuahua pup (it ain't easy, believe me), and I am training a Chihuahua to walk with other people. I am also training a Beagle for tracking (of sorts). ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
you are absolutely right gunny. dog trainers are a dime a dozen and there is no real "school" to go and learn from. there is one organization the APDT that you can join, i am not sure if they certify you or what. my mom is a professional dog trainer. she started as an apprentice at an established training school and learned from the guy who owned it, then she went on to different seminars all over the country to learn more. she still continues to go to seminars after all these years and is still learning new things. there is no regulating in that field and you have to be careful where you go and to whom.