Dog Trainer Kaiako Kurī
Dog trainers train dogs and diagnose and treat their behaviour problems.
Dog trainers may do some or all of the following:
- work with clients to fix dogs' behaviour problems
- hold classes for people and their dogs, including dog obedience classes
- run a dog day care centre
- talk to the general public, media, and schools about dog training
- work with organisations such as animal protection organisations and the courts.
Dog trainers need to be strong enough to control large dogs.
Useful experience for dog trainers includes:
- any paid or voluntary dog or animal training
- voluntary work at the SPCA
- work in veterinary clinics or dog day care centres
- work at boarding kennels and catteries.
Dog trainers need to be:
- confident and assertive
- excellent at communicating
- patient, observant and adaptable
- dedicated and motivated.
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.
Most dog trainers run their own business so they also need business, management and marketing skills.
- 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.
No specific secondary education is required for this job, but biology, maths and English to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.
Dog trainers who are employed by an established business may progress to set up their own dog training business.
Years Of Training
There are no specific requirements to become a dog trainer. However, a qualification, such as a certificate or degree, in animal behaviour, animal care, biology, psychology or zoology is useful. Experience working with animals is also useful.
People who buy franchises for dog training businesses may learn company methods for training dogs.