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!

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