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.

Physical Requirements

Dog trainers need to be strong enough to control large dogs.

Useful Experience

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.

Personal Qualities

Dog trainers need to be:

  • confident and assertive
  • excellent at communicating
  • patient, observant and adaptable
  • dedicated and motivated.

Useful Experience

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 can earn around $39K-$50K per year per year.

Dog trainers who are employed by an established business may progress to set up their own dog training business.

Dog Trainer

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