You love dogs.
They are your world. But do you want a career working with dogs?
You might want to investigate the variations and find the dog career that works best for you. From vet tech, to shelter worker, dog trainer, dog walker or dog sitter. Part time. Full time. How do you choose the best career that meets your personality?
It isn't just about loving dogs. How much money do you want to make? Do you like all kinds of dogs with all kinds of temperaments, or do you want to just deal with small adorable pets? Do you want to work with as many dogs as possible, or develop a relationship with just a few dogs?
Here are some examples of how people use their love of dogs:
In vet offices:
Vet Techs work with veterinarians. As a vet tech some of your responsibilities might be, caring for dogs and other animals, taking vital signs, administering medications that are prescribed by the doctor, assisting in dental cleaning and interacting with the public. The average pay is $15/hour.
At animal shelters and non-profits:
Shelter work can be paid or unpaid. The work can be similar to a Vet Tech. The variety of animals who desperately need homes can be fulfilling and rewarding. Helping socialize, exercise & teach basic obedience skills are invaluable to making the dogs more adoptable.
Becoming a certified dog trainer:
Dog trainers make on average, $15 an hour, but some can make as much as $100 an hour if they are certified and own their own business. They work with animals to develop desired behaviors in a positive manner. They conduct training programs to develop desired dog behaviors for obedience, competition, entertainment, or security.
As professional dog sitter/walker:
Dog walkers and dog sitters do many similar tasks and generally start at around $11 an hour. They take the dogs for walks and make sure they are fed and cared for. This usually supports a family or individuals who have busy schedules or are unable to keep their dog exercised. Some advanced dog walkers can handle many dogs, thus making more money.
Regardless of the choices you make, you should explore the possibilities. You love dogs, so it’s time to start doing what you love! Many different types of schools for Dog Trainers around the country exist in order to help you learn more about these careers and which one is right for you.
If you are in the Phoenix area, contact us about our special dog trainer classes and academy. We can help you improve your dog handling, behavior and dog trainer skills - and choose the best career for you!