If you love dogs and have ever thought about owning your own business, then becoming a dog trainer might be the opportunity for you. Many people enlist the services of a professional dog training company to help train their dog. Whether a new puppy or an older dog, professional dog training can help turn an unruly pet into a well-behaved member of the family. By taking some simple steps and investing your time, you can be well on your way to opening your dog training business.
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Learn all that you can about dog training and owning a dog training business. Research pet magazines and subscribe to industry periodicals.
Attend pet expos and speak with other members of dog training businesses. Get a feel for how they do things and the services they offer.
Contact local animal shelters and inquire about volunteer opportunities. Offer to volunteer your time at the shelter in order to better understand the ins and outs of caring for dogs.
Contact local veterinarians and inquire about shadowing the vet while he is caring for animals, in exchange for you volunteering your time. Many veterinarians will be glad to teach you about dogs and obtain some free help during the process.
Look for other dog trainers in newspaper ads, online ads and social media sites. Contact them and ask if they would be willing to share some industry tips in exchange for you volunteering to help them with their business. Inquire about being hired as a temporary apprentice to help gain knowledge about the dog training business.
Contact your local library, community center and local community college and inquire about any courses they might be offering in dog training. Consider that although no formal certificates or degrees other than a standard business license are required to own a dog training business, taking some classes in the field might help entice customers to choose you over other, less educated dog trainers.
Obtain a business license from your local town hall.
Invest in some basic dog training supplies, such as dog treats, leashes and collars. Have them on hand and ready to go when you conduct your first training session.
Decide whether you would like to offer classes in your home, in the client’s home, in a group setting or all of the above.
Prepare a room in your house if you plan on conducting classes in your home. Remove any carpets, rugs, breakables, glass, delicate furniture or expensive items from the room and make it dog-friendly.
Develop a professional business website. Include your contact information, services that your company offers, rates, hours of operation, any training that you have had, and a brief introduction about who you are and why you have decided to become a dog trainer. Consider adding a section for visitors to your site to leave questions, comments and feedback.
Place an ad in local newspapers, with online social media sites and on local radio stations.
Print up fliers and business cards. Distribute them to animal shelters, pet supply stores, veterinarians, dog grooming companies, local stores, restaurants, community organizations, churches and to people through the mail.
Speak with the owners or managers of pet-related companies and organizations and ask if you can hold dog training classes at their facility.