|10-25-2013 09:08 AM|
I think the best way to learn, is by finding a trainer/behaviorist to mentor under, and get into a good training school..
I've see a few "trainers" that once I saw how their OWN dogs were trained,,well lets just say, I wouldn't recommend them.
|10-24-2013 10:56 PM|
If you are serious about wanting to be a trainer I would suggest you learn by experience, and get some sources of training methods. If I was to start all over I would pickup some of the books that I found not too long ago. I made a post on my blog about the best dog training books which are only a few dollars, and will give you a good foundation to start off with before you try to get certified for anything.
After you have picked up some books or went to classes you need to get hands on experience. Do internships at dog training classes or even groomers, any experience with does will help you in the long run, especially right when you're starting off.
|10-24-2013 05:21 PM|
Honestly, in my view its the wild west out there. If you pay the money you can get any certificate you want. Quite a few of the trainers out there have no clue what they are doing and have poor results based on their body of work. Yet they have a flashy website, and a nice facility and can talk a good game.
If I were going to do it I would find a trainer I respected and do an apprenticeship.
I would also train a number of dogs be they rescues or green dogs and document the results so as to build a portfolio.
I would take a nice young prospect or two into sport and title and compete with the dog hopefully to a high level. As a trainer your dog is your first level of advertising.
I would also start doing private consultations and start documenting the success and getting customer recommendations to add to the portfolio.
IMO you cant go to any school and be a good trainer. Its something that comes with varied experience.
|10-24-2013 03:56 PM|
You are looking at two very different types of dogs. If I were you I would personally pick to focus on either Service Dogs or Police dogs/competition dogs.
You are doing two very different temperaments and types of dogs. They are generally polar opposite in drives.
I have advice for the Service Dog training as that is what I do. If you want to train Service Dogs I suggest finding a trainer who does that and doing an internship. That is what I did and I learned a LOT. Most internships are unpaid, but I was lucky enough to find a payed one!
Either way you go it is very time consuming. To train a Service Dog it takes on average a year to two years to fully train them
|10-24-2013 02:41 PM|
I have been volunteering my time with a trainer for 6 years in behaviour modification and basic obedience. I have also organized Service dog seminars the last three years for pay. Mostly it remains an unpaid position at the training hall in exchange for the trainers advice and free classes which works for me... classes can get expensive!
I cant speak for the US but in Canada there is no official dog training certification available.
Everyone is free to attend seminars (see Dog Seminar Directory online).
I met my trainer through the Animal Behaviour College as the college assigned her my file so she could mentor me as part of the course I took. The best thing the course provided was my contact to the trainer who I now consider a friend and still view as my mentor.
CCPDT is another organization that has a certification available as well.
Every trainer I have spoke with has always said the best way to become a trainer is volunteer your time in your breed or sport of interest and title your own dogs. Find a mentor to teach you and answer your questions. Hit all available seminars and network like no ones business. Its a very difficult field to make a living in but its not impossible.
|10-24-2013 01:38 PM|
To work with K9s you need to dive head first into Schutzhund, IPO, any other "protection" sport, and become a helper. It's a long process, its an even longer process to become known, and it of course involves training your own dogs and proving that you know what you're doing by doing very well in competition.
You really need to have an excellent reputation in order to work with K9s. If you want to work for an actual department, you'll need to also be a police officer. The larger departments have their own dogs and their own trainers. Smaller departments usually either work with those departments for continuous training, but their dog is actually trained by an independent contractor and then purchased by the department.
When it comes to PTSD dogs, you kind of have hit the spectrum of the temperament and type of training necessary. You have service dogs on one side, and sport or K9 dogs on the other side. If you've never done IPO work...its going to take A LOT of your time. If you think you'll have time after that to deal with another dog and train in a different venue all together...you probably don't have a full time job.
Get out in the dog world, join a Schutzhund club, join a GSDCA club, meet dog people, see what there is out there and the kinds of people you'll be interacting with and either competing against or working with. It's really fun/rewarding to train your own dog, but to turn it into a business is very difficult. Like its been stated, usually involves a boarding facility and probably a breeding kennel. There are some more "training clubs" popping up around my area right now but it seems like its been pretty well saturated. During the day its usually a dog day care and then at night they run classes. There's one really big one by me but it makes all of its money off of agility. It's in an old warehouse with space for 2 full size agility rings. They do a lot of business not just training, but renting out the space to people and also renting it to clubs for trials. They also have a pool there and train dogs to swim and dock dive.
|10-24-2013 10:34 AM|
Michael Ellis has a school.....look into that....Triple Crown in Texas used to....
If you are male - there is a real need for good training helpers....but this is usually an unpaid "job"....people who try to make a living at it and succeed are very very very rare! Pet training can be a career, but usually it is combined with a business such as a boarding facility....precarious for a living wage unless you are in a very affluent area....
|10-24-2013 07:50 AM|
I Want To Train Dogs!!! Where Do I Start???
So, with the past week of taking everyones advice on working my boy Wolf, I've come to realize that I really really really enjoy training together, and I have a natural patience/talent for it.
So, where could I go to school to gain more knowledge of dogs and their behavior? Where can I get legit certification or classes or seminars about training methods? And how could I get involved with the Police/K9 field?
My Goals Are:
Provide PTSD Service Dogs
Work with Police K9's
Put my boys to work and compete
Where do I start?
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