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Dog Training - Become A Professional Dog Trainer
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You have a great love of dogs, animals are your life, you think you should become a professional dog trainer. If so think again. Being a dog trainer sounds like a brilliant job where you are constantly having all kinds of fun sessions with various dogs but this is not really the reality of it. So, before you decide to invest your time, effort and hard earned money in becoming a professional dog trainer read this article and let it help you decide if it's for you or not.

Training a dog does not involve staying indoors in an office in front of a computer - this is a fact. While this sounds very inviting you must remember that after the training is carried out outdoors there is plenty of work to be finished off indoors. Once you have qualified as a professional dog trainer you are more or less self-employed. The first thing you will have to do is compete or catch up with the local competition. Now, this will involve learning quite a few marketing techniques ( online marketing, attending local dog shows and functions, local newspapers ).

Running a professional dog training school will also include a sufficient knowledge of accounting - do you possess these skills? most of us don't. When the customers start flooding in ( hopefully ) you will need to keep a record of your earnings and appointments. You will need to spend approximately ten hours at least a week concentrating on your book keeping/accounts. A second thought regards your personality, this sounds pretty rude but ask yourself ' how are you with people '. Being a dog trainer will require you to be polite and approachable to provide adequate customer service.

Being a dog trainer will not bring you a relaxed, stress free environment to work in. You may think it sounds like a perfect working life but in reality it involves a lot of stress. Many business owners suffer from the same worries - will I be able to pay the bills? will I get enough clients this month to stay afloat? will I be able to keep up with the competition? You will begin to worry about the dogs ( and their owners ) who you have so far failed to help. You will also worry about the safety of the animals in your care as you are the one responsible for all the dogs you are training.

Becoming a professional dog trainer is in no doubt a rewarding, fun job at times but there are obvious downfalls that come with it. Think carefully before taking up any training and make sure you tick all the boxes with the points above - failure could be costly.


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