Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
I'm working towards training as a profession as well. I'm only 18 now, but have already trained for multiple rescues and am beginning to teach classes this fall for a dog park. My GSD will start getting titles this next spring, his CGC this fall, and his therapy certification this fall.
Basically, whatever you want to teach you need to preach. Get your own dog titled in all that you want to do, volunteer with some shelters or rescues for the references, and email trainers you admire and ask about assisting them for a while.
On top of that, read a lot. The APDT references are great books. I have one. Nicole Wild's books are very good too.
Danielle, owner of...
Fraggle Rock Collars & ...
Fraggle Vom Richcreek CGC CA
Red Dog's Reconnaissance Man CGC CL1-R CL1-H CL1-F CL1-S USJ
General Patton Vom Winter Storm