Become a Dog Trainer

 

Dog training is a skilled trade; It’s an art and a science. It takes a lot of practice, dedication, and coaching to be able to understand dog behavior, and to know which technique to apply in what situations.

I started my career as an Apprentice with a local dog training company. My mentor had 20 years of experience, and I was lucky to have such a willing and qualified teacher, but I did have to work hard. While maintaining a full time job, I apprenticed for nearly 2 years unpaid before I was able to start taking clients and getting paid for my expertise. Additionally, I attended the Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers, traveled to seminars, paid for classes, enrolled in online courses etc…. All to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. I’m looking for the same level of dedication from my apprentices and trainers. I have worked very hard to accumulate as much knowledge and experience as possible. - Lisa Lucero

As an apprentice you will learn the skills necessary to properly train with dogs as well as recognize, handle and understand dog behavior. Apprentices work under the direction of the Dog Dynamix Trainers in order to gain the skills necessary to work with dogs of many different breeds and temperaments. In addition to training with dogs, an apprentice must be willing to work to maintain a healthy and clean work environment for the dogs and people.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Cleaning and sanitizing kennels, kennel areas and training room

  • Cleaning and sanitizing bowls, toys, and other equipment

  • Putting on and taking of collars, leashes, harnesses, and other training equipment

  • Taking dogs outside on leash to go to the bathroom multiple times per day

  • Cleaning up any accidents immediately following cleaning protocol

  • Emptying trash cans, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, mopping, laundry, dusting, and any other duties that help maintain a clean training facility

  • Using computers, cameras and other technology

  • Interacting with clients in a professional manner

  • Assisting with group classes

  • Assist trainers with lessons by utilizing dogs in distraction lessons here at the facility

  • Learning and reinforcing training methods taught by Dog Dynamix

  • Ability to work independently and be self directed

  • Strong time management skills

  • Take coaching and constructive criticism

  • Work with trainers to document training, and provide clients with videos and pictures

  • Working one on one with individual dogs as well as with other trainers at the facility

  • Following protocols for entering notes and logging information in our kennel system

General Qualifications/Personal Attributes:

  • A general love and understanding of dogs

  • A positive attitude

  • An ability to work within a team

  • A willingness to learn, understand and implement training balanced training techniques taught by Dog Dynamix

  • An ability to think on your feet and improvise in many different situations

  • An ability to maintain composure and be clear headed under pressure

  • To be incredibly patient and understanding

  • Have and maintain a high level of customer service

  • To maintain professionalism with clients and coworkers

Students: We take on a limited number of students so they can get maximum benefit from

personalized instruction. We are only interested in highly motivated people, who show up on time, are

professional in their demeanor and appearance and genuinely care about doing things humanely and safely.


Curriculum Requirements: Students will need to commit to a minimum of 16 hours a week on facility maintenance. Part of running a dog training business is kennel work. Cleaning Kennels, bathing dogs, and general facility upkeep are part of the apprenticeship. You will be assigned regular duties. Training sessions, reading, observation & practical application will require self-study and additional time commitment.

There will be an open book written exam, and a practical test. Apprentices are required to have a demo-dog.


Upon completion, students should be able to safely instruct group class, work with non aggressive dogs one on one and have the basics to either join our Team at Dog Dynamix, or go off on their own and start their own business.


Equipment: Students are required to have their own training equipment. REQUIRED:

  1. 6ft leash

  2. 12 ft leash

  3. training vest

  4. ecollar (et300 by educator or Dogtra ARC)

  5. Chain collar (hermsprenger)

  6. Prong Collar (hermsprenger)


Books: It is the student’s responsibility to supply their own books. Required reading will be discussed in

the weekly class portion of training, as well as part of the testing.


Required Reading:  Koehler Method of Dog Training (Bill Koehler), Excel-Errated Learning by Pamela Reid, On Talking Terms with Dogs (Turid Rugaas).