Dog Trainer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
6d ago

Dog trainers are usually self-employed so their income depends on the success of their business. Starting out, they are likely to charge a lower rate and have fewer clients.

Typically, dog trainers earn between $31,000 and $45,000 a year. Some established trainers may earn more than this.

Source : Dog Guru, 2016.

This information is a guide only. )

What you will do

Dog trainers may do some or all of the following :

  • work with clients to fix dogs' behaviour problems
  • run a dog day care centre
  • hold classes for people and their dogs, including dog obedience classes
  • talk to the general public, media, and schools about dog training
  • work with organisations such as animal protection bodies and the courts.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Dog trainers need to have :

  • knowledge of animal psychology and behaviour
  • the ability to observe, assess and treat dogs' behaviour problems
  • the ability to train and care for dogs
  • knowledge of animal biology.
  • Because most dog trainers run their own businesses, they also need business, management and marketing skills.

    Dog trainers :

  • work flexible hours to suit their clients' needs, so may work nights and weekends, and be on call, or work regular hours if based at a dog day care centre
  • may work from clinics, at their own or clients' homes, or at dog day care centres.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific requirements to become a dog trainer.

    However, a qualification in animal care, animal behaviour, zoology or psychology is useful, in addition to experience working with animals and people.

    Secondary education

    Useful subjects include science subjects, maths and English.

    Personal requirements

    Dog trainers need to be :

  • confident and assertive
  • excellent at communicating
  • patient and adaptable
  • dedicated and motivated.
  • Useful experience

    Voluntary or paid work with animals is useful for dog trainers. This could include :

  • dog and animal training
  • work in veterinary clinics, or dog day care centres
  • work at boarding kennels and catteries.
  • Physical requirements

    Dog trainers need to be strong enough to control large dogs.

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