Dog Trainer

Guiding Dogs and Teaching Owners

What do I do in this career?

Teach various classes in dog behavior and dog sports, including:

  • Basic Obedience
  • Competition Obedience
  • 4-H, AKC, CPE, NADAC, and TDAA agility
  • Dock Diving
  • Canine Freestyle
  • Heelwork to Music
  • Fly Ball
  • Treiball
  • Tracking
  • Canine Good Citizen
  • Therapy Dog

What do I need to start this Career?


  • A high school diploma
  • Equivalent to a high school diploma

Optional but Useful

  • Experience in various dog sports
  • Assistant in other dog training classes
  • Become a Certified dog trainer

All of the fun things I'll be doing

  • Leading a class
  • Spending the day with people and dogs
  • Helping owners
  • Making dogs happier
  • Living my dream

Working Conditions

Most of the time indoors in a large bright room. However; agility classes, fly ball, dock diving, and tracking classes may be held outdoors.

How much do I get?

Earnings for being a dog trainer are low at only an average: $12.95 per hour

However I don't mind low wages when you get to live your dream.

Employment and Outlook

Currently the employment for dog trainers is low at about 260 employed in Minnesota. However the outlook for the career of dog training is expected to grow enormously by 2020 with at least a 30% increase in jobs.


  • Great working conditions
  • Spend the day with dogs
  • Help owners
  • Make dogs happier
  • Good employment outlook
  • Petco is always hiring


  • Low wages
  • Small employment options
  • May need to move to a bigger city to find work