So You Want To Be A Professional Dog Trainer

For some people, becoming a professional dog trainer is a lifelong dream. For others, it's an excellent and rewarding part-time job. As I mentioned in Chapter 8, millions of dog owners find, sometimes to their surprise, that they genuinely enjoy training their dogs. They start off at the basic level and gradually teach their dogs to be more proficient in obedience. As they teach their dogs, they are learning themselves, and after a year or two or five they realize that they know an awful lot. Perhaps they've helped a few friends train their dogs. Perhaps they're the resident "expert" that friends and family turn to when asking about all things canine.

When people reach this level, some are perfectly content to remain there. Others might ask themselves, "Why not do something I love (train dogs), and get paid for it at the same time?" One of the top trainers in the country and a vice president in my organization got her start after training her dog in 4H.

Regardless of what your motivation is, consider carefully whether you want to go down this path. If you decide to, good luck. And who knows, I may just meet you at a training event!

How To Train Your Puppy

How To Train Your Puppy

Getting a new puppy is a fun and interesting time. You probably went to a breeder or pet store or maybe just saw an ad on the Internet or the newspaper, for puppies, and decided just to check it out. Before you knew it those little eyes and fluffy puppy fur had your heart melting and you were headed home with him or her in your arms. If you are like most new pet owners you had visions of playing fetch with your dog, of watching him frolic at the lake, and of cuddling up on cold nights.

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