Dog Trainer

Teach dogs to follow commands and exhibit appropriate behaviour
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What's it like to be a Dog Trainer?

A Dog Trainer is an individual who uses their knowledge of animal behaviour to teach dogs to obey their owner’s commands and/or exhibit appropriate behaviour. Dog Trainers are usually patient people who have a genuine affection for, and interest in, animals. They also need to have a solid understanding of different dog breeds and their characteristics and how these may impact their behaviour.
Dog Trainer

Tasks and duties

  • Conducting training sessions to teach dogs to socialise and to obey specific commands from their owner such as sitting, staying or coming when called.
  • Teaching owners how to handle their animal’s behaviour and to obey verbal and non-verbal commands.
  • Advising owners on how to establish good habits and discourage problematic behaviour.
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Many Dog Trainers conduct group sessions for six to eight weeks at a time with the same group of animals and owners.

How to become a Dog Trainer

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You can become a Dog Trainer without any formal qualifications. However, basic animal training is considered an advantage and will give you a strong foundation to begin your career as a Dog Trainer.

  1. Explore opportunities to gain knowledge through on-the-job training by working as an assistant to a professional trainer or by joining a local dog obedience club.
  2. Consider relevant animal training and care qualifications, such as a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training (22542VIC) or a Certificate III in Animal Care Services (ACM30122). These courses usually include classroom and practical experience.
  3. If you intend to establish your own dog training business and conduct sessions in a park, you’ll need to ensure you have relevant permits from your local council.
  4. There are many career pathways for Dog Trainers, such as working as a detection/defence dog trainer for police, customs or defence force work, or training animals for the film and television industry.

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Latest Dog Trainer reviews

Latest reviews from 3 Dog Trainers surveyed on SEEK.

May 2021
Dog Training is hard but incredibly rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Helping dogs overcome behavioural issues is the most rewarding feeling ever
The challenges
Sometimes you can't help them and their behaviour can lead to euthanasia
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May 2021
Dog Trainer the good and the bad
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Reactive dogs
The good things
Helping owners with tough situations improve their relationships with their animals
The challenges
Not getting biten, and making tough decisions for some animals
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