Dog trainer

Dog trainer

Dog trainers teach dogs to obey commands and undertake specific tasks. Dog trainers, behaviorists, and canine behavioral counselors, counsel dog owners and help them to prevent or solve their dogs' behavior problems.

What is a Dog Trainer

Dog trainers teach dogs to obey or to serve as protection dogs, security dogs, and guide dogs for the blind.

Dog Trainers conduct training programs consisting mainly of repetition and reward to teach the dogs to behave in a certain way, and to do it consistently.

  • Usually work at boarding kennels, at their own kennels, or at community parks
  • Must never lose their patience with a dog or show any sign of fear of the dogs they are handling
  • May use a hand leash when training the dogs and often repeat a routine many times
  • Work in clean surroundings most of the time
  • May conduct training sessions at their own place of business or in a neighborhood park

  • The Association of Pet Dog Trainers

    The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) is a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education.

    The APDT offers individual pet dog trainers a respected and concerted voice in the dog world.

    Certified Pet Dog Trainers have dog training skills as well as instructor skills to enhance the experience and success for you and your pet dog.

    Certified Pet Dog Trainers have earned this credential by demonstrating their knowledge and experience in dog training.

    A Certified Pet Dog Trainer stays informed of current knowledge in the field and is familiar with the latest, most effective training techniques and equipment.

    When you choose a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, you can be confident that you are working with a professional who has the knowledge and expertise to make your investment in dog training safe, effective, and even fun. It's essential that the dog trainer you select uses humane training techniques that encourage appropriate behavior through such positive reinforcement as food, attention, play, or praise.

    The Assistance Dog Trainer

    Assistance dog trainers and instructors train dogs to help people with physical disabilities, hearing or sight difficulties, to live independently.

    The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is the largest of the training organisations, with around 500 trainers and mobility instructors. Dog trainers carry out the first part of the dog's training and mobility instructors do the advanced training and match the dog to its new owner.

    As an assistance dog trainer you are likely to work 35 hours a week, Monday to Friday, with occasional evenings, weekends and bank holidays and you must be at least 18 years old and usually have a full, clean driving licence.

    To be an assistance dog trainer you should be interested in dogs and have an understanding of their behaviour be physically fit and willing to work outdoors have patience both with dogs and their prospective owners be committed to working with and helping people be able to work alone and as part of a team be able to inspire confidence in dogs and their owners.

    Once you are employed as an assistance dog trainer you will receive on-the-job training.

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