You can become a dog trainer without any formal qualification. However, basic animal training is considered an advantage and will give you a solid foundation to start your career as a dog trainer.
You don’t need any formal qualifications, but you do need to take a basic dog training course, such as that run by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and find a “mentor” (another more experienced trainers) to learn from are probably helpful to get you started.
In Australia the two most commonly accredited courses are the Certificate III in Dog Behavior and Training and the Certificate IV in Pet Services. The National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF) is a nationally accredited representative and educational organization for the Australian dog training industry.
CIDBT is one of the top rated dog schools in the country.
YES! Absolutely! Dog training in itself is a great career. It can also be a fantastic opportunity to increase your expertise as a pet professional.
Successful animal trainers are patient, knowledgeable, and able to handle the physical demands of the job, which may include lifting heavy objects, working outdoors, or walking. You should be an able teacher with excellent communication, problem solving, listening, interpersonal and presentation skills.
You don’t need any formal training or certification to call yourself a dog trainer. However, if you’ve put in all the hard work, why not prove it to your customers?
The average annual salary for dog trainer jobs in Australia ranges from $45,000 to $70,000.
Depending on your location and experience, certified professional dog trainers can make between $100 and $165 per seat in a group obedience class.