Learn To Be A Dog Trainer

Learn To Be A Dog Trainer


I have been a professional dog trainer for five years. I am certified and I take classes every year to stay on top of the latest methods so my clients can get the best training results. In this article, I’m sharing some basic information that you need to know to become a dog trainer yourself. Make sure you’re committed and remember that it’s always better to start learning by reading books and watching videos before you attempt any hands-on training of your own dogs.


The first step to becoming a dog trainer is to have a clear idea of what you want to do. You should know the problems that need solving, the methods that are available, and what type of dog would be best suited for your training.

You will also need to learn about your own strengths and weaknesses. Some people are naturally good at communicating with dogs but not so great at handling them physically; others may have a hard time keeping their calm when dealing with an aggressive or shy pup.


The first step to learning how to be a dog trainer is to observe. Most people think of observation as watching or looking at something, but it’s more than that: observing involves seeing, hearing and feeling in addition to seeing. To observe your dog, you must be aware of how she acts when she’s alone with you (what does she do?), what she does with other people (is she friendly?) and what situations make her nervous or fearful (does thunder scare her?).

Observing other dogs is just as important; you need to notice their body language and facial expressions while they’re interacting with each other or in different environments. If one dog is growling at another, there could be many reasons for this behavior—maybe they don’t like each other because they have similar personalities or maybe one was being too rough on a toy that belongs solely to the other dog!

You’ll also want to pay attention when humans are around so that you can see how our bodies react when we get excited about something or if we’re stressed out by our jobs/schoolwork/etcetera…


Setting and achieving goals is an important part of being a dog trainer. When you set goals, you will know where you want to go and how long it will take to get there. You can use your goal as a measure for your successes and failures.

If a goal is not realistic, then it may not be achievable or measurable. For example, if your goal is to be able to get any dog off lead in six months from now, this may be too ambitious if the most challenging thing at present is getting them on lead!

However, if you have already achieved some small steps towards getting the dog on lead and feel confident that this will continue (or improve), then maybe setting such a large step would make sense for where that process was heading anyway? The key thing here though is making sure that each goal has been planned based upon what has gone before rather than just being some random target with no context behind it – otherwise we might find ourselves disappointed when circumstances don’t match up with our expectations!


Commitment is the key to success in training your dog. It’s essential that you commit yourself to being a good trainer.


It’s essential to start training your dog when they are young. When they are older, it is much more difficult and takes a lot of patience. The best way to potty train a pup is to use a crate or designated area where they can go when nature calls. Dogs usually want to please their owner so this method works well most of the time. Most dogs will not go in their bedding if there is another option available for them nearby—they just don’t want to mess up their nest!


Chewing is natural behavior for dogs and any dog owner should expect to see their pooch chew on things. Chewing is a way for your dog to explore his environment and relieve boredom, stress, or anxiety. If you have a puppy then it will naturally want to chew everything around him because he won’t know any better.

If you’re new in the dog training business, then make sure that you don’t tell your clients that chewing is bad because it’s not! It’s just something we need to teach them how to do properly.


Barking is one of the most common behaviors that dog owners want to stop. It’s also a very popular topic among the public, so there are lots of misconceptions about why dogs bark and how best to stop them from doing it.

In truth, barking is actually a very natural behavior for dogs—they use barking to communicate with each other and with us, whether it’s happy excitement or fearful alarm. But if your dog barks at every little thing (and sometimes you don’t know what he’s getting excited about or frightened by), it can be frustrating—for both of you!


Leash training is essential for all dogs.

You can teach your dog to walk on a leash, but it may take some time and patience.

The best way to start leash training is with a collar that has a plastic clip attached to the end of the leash, this makes it easier to attach and detach from any size collar while you’re teaching your dog how to walk on a leash. The idea is that when he gets used to being walked in this manner then he won’t mind wearing just his regular collar and no harness anymore!


If you want to be a dog trainer, it’s important that you learn from someone who knows what they are doing. You have to learn from someone who has experience, has a certificate and degree in training dogs.


I hope this gives you some insight into the world of dog training. It is not as simple as it seems. Training a dog for any purpose requires commitment, patience, and above all else knowledge of your dog’s behavior and temperament. The best way to learn about dogs is by being with them yourself, so if you have ever thought about becoming a professional trainer but were unsure how to get started take some time and do an internship at an animal shelter or internship program in your area! They will provide invaluable experience that will serve you well throughout your career working with dogs.

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