Dog Trainer – An Ideal Career For Animal Lovers
Needless to say, the ideal job, the one we are all dreaming of, is the one we do for pure pleasure, that makes us feel fulfilled as individuals. In other words, it is a gratifying job both financially and personally. So is dog training career: dog trainers are lucky to get the two things they want at the same time: money and dealing with dogs. What does a dog trainer do?
First of all, he offers training classes at dog owners’ request and gives owners valuable advice, teaching them all they need to know for properly looking after their dogs. He also teaches them fundamental obeying orders.
He instructs dogs how to “socialize” with other dogs or unknown persons. In addition, he prepares that kind of dogs used in rescue or search missions, as well as dogs taking part in any type of contests. Finally, they evaluate how dogs evolve during trainings.
How profitable is this kind of profession? Always ask yourself this kind of questions, because viability is an important issue before starting a business. Actually, dog training career has proved to be quite advantageous, if you take into account the number of owned dogs in the USA : around 61,000,000.
If you ever thought about starting this type of business, don’t hesitate! There are lots of training requests and you won’t need a big sum of money to begin. What you will need are skills, good knowledge and the ability to gain your clients’ trust in order to succeed.
Generally, you have no reasons to worry for your earnings. If you didn’t know, dog trainers are some of the best paid professionals. So you will be two times lucky: you will do what you most enjoy and earn enough money.
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The Dog Commands
How do you get your commands across to your apprentice?
Firstly there are your voice and language. It is said that there are people bringing home there Puppy, putting them to their designated spot and wonder why the command “down” is simply ignored. Isn’t that inborn?
Canines barely communicate acoustically. For them body language is equal to the human writing and language. To achieve his degree of master your best friend will only have to learn about 10 commands. Most additional are just a needless wastefulness. You may use terms that comfort you, but using the common commands makes sense for many reasons.
Before your dog does, YOU should have a good grasp of the commands you are going to use. First of all the dogs name (disyllabic, preferably with two different vowels, like Bella, Lassie, Ringo). Then “No”, “Come/Here”, “Sit”, “Stay”, “Down”, “Stand”, “Heel”, “Out/Let Go” “Fetch” and “Track”.
Those words are called commands, and maybe this is the reason why most dog owners use them and act like drill sergeants.
Your best friend has an excellent hearing. As you use your dog to a soft-spoken voice, it will increase its attention, and a strong voice will serve as reserve in an emergency situation.
Of major importance is the way you give the commands. A military short “Sit” will set your dogs teeth on edge. Do we say it softly and expanding the vowel, this will almost calm down your dog.
The same applies to “Down” and “Heel” and we do call the name first, to attract the dog’s attention. Yelling at your dog will only intimidate it and encourage it to get away from you. The “No” should be use with a calm but yet determined and slightly menacing undertone. Your “Come/Here” should sound as alluring as possible, “Fetch” and “Track” simply encouraging. The “Out/Let Go” command should be elongated, and take your time before taking out whatever of your dog’s mouth.
Conversation between you and your dog should of course not be limited to the commands. When praising your dog, there is no way you could overact, and there is no limitation to your fantasy. Let it sound like your friend found a treasure of gold.