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How to Become a Dog Trainer

By January 29, 2013

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As Train Your Dog Month comes to a close, are you starting to think you would really enjoy training dogs for a living? Maybe you "have a way" with dogs. Perhaps you just love dogs and want to make a career of it. Are you fascinated with the idea of training dogs? Even if you are just curious, it's worth looking into the process of becoming a dog trainer. Some dog trainers do it as a hobby or side job, while others start their own businesses or work full-time for dog training companies. A few even take it as far as celebrity status, e.g. Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet's It's Me or the Dog.

If you are thinking about getting started in the field of dog training, there are some things you'll need to know, like how to gain experience and whether or not to obtain a certification. Dog trainer Amy Bender walks you through the steps of becoming a dog trainer and offers tips and advice based on personal and professional experience. What do you think - are you cut out to be a dog trainer? If you want to look into some other dog related jobs, check out this list of top careers working with dogs. Are you already a canine professional? Share your story about your job working with dogs.

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