If you wake up every morning and dread getting out of bed to go to work, you’re not alone.
In fact, for years I woke up at the crack of dawn, made a long commute to my job, sat at a desk for 8+ plus hours, and worked a job I absolutely hated because I felt like I had no other choice.
It was horrible.
I wasted so many years climbing the corporate ladder, chasing numbers, meeting deadlines, and stressing-out over projects I didn’t enjoy. I didn’t believe I had any other options…until one day everything changed.
There came a point in my life where I decided I had to make a change and sought out the advice of a career counselor.
Thanks to that meeting, I discovered that I can indeed follow my passions while making a solid living. It was that day I made the decision to follow my dreams and begin, what I believe is the best job ever…
I became a dog trainer.
If you feel you’re in a similar situation as I was, love dogs, and have a passion for making a difference in the lives of humans and their pets I have no doubt that this is the right career path for you, too.
If the idea of hanging out with beautiful dogs all day and following your dreams isn’t enough, I encourage you to check out the following 9 reasons on why becoming a dog trainer may just be the best decision of your life!
Reason #1 to Become a Dog Trainer – High Demand
In this day in age, dogs are more part of our lives than ever.
But just because people own dogs, doesn’t mean they know how to properly train them.
Here’s the problem…dogs have a certain way of being, a certain way of communicating that is different from humans. And because people are unable think like a dog, a lot of training problems occur.
The big issue is that although thousands of people have dogs, many don’t don’t know how to connect with them.
Even doggy day care facilities and dog boarding kennels don’t always know how to properly train and interact with dogs. Crazy, right?
Sounds horrible, but this is actually great news.
This problem increases the demand for quality dog trainers.
How much demand you ask? Well, believe it or not pet services is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the pet industry, projected to grow 11% from now to 2024.[thrive_fill_counter color=”blue” value=”11″ before=”” after=”%” percentage=”100″ label=”INCREASE”]
That’s proof the demand for dog trainers in your community is taking off.
Reason #2 to Become a Dog Trainer – Freedom
It takes a special kind of person to enjoy being chained to a desk for 8 or more hours a day. That person is not me, and considering you’re reading this post, I’m assuming it’s not you either.
The beauty of becoming a dog trainer is that you’re your own boss. You set your own hours and schedule and this buys you a lot of freedom.
Thanks to my job as a dog trainer I spend fewer hours working and more hours doing the things I love, like kite surfing and spending time with my family.
If I decide I want to take week’s vacation–no problem.
If I only want to work Monday through Wednesday–great!
Even between consultations I can find myself relaxing at a cafe with a coffee and caramel slice, enjoying the day with no stress or worries about the next consult…all very different from my corporate life where every second was being timed.
You get the idea.
As a dog trainer you’ll find yourself enjoying far more freedom than a person with a desk job will ever experience.
Reason #3 to Become a Dog Trainer – Time
Working as a dog trainer means your work never has to be rushed.
Here’s what I mean by that…
Every dog learns on his on time. Some dogs may learn to follow a command in an hour, while other might takes weeks to learn the same command.
So you don’t promise that a dog will stop X and Y before the end of the session (this is not a fast food restaurant) but rather that you will show they owners the skills and tools to train their dog.
Because of this, you’re able to control time without deadlines or pressure, unlike normal jobs.
Sure, you can continue to support them as they go but it’s not all down to you!Now how’s that for relief!
Reason #4 to Become a Dog Trainer – Confidence
Many people question the idea of whether they actually have a real gift they can contribute to the world or not.
It’s easy to think “there’s nothing special about me” when you’re stuck behind a desk all day or are spending your days doing something you’re truly dislike.
I had the same thoughts before I became a dog trainer, too.
But once I followed my heart and started working with dogs, I realized I did actually have a gift that I could share with the world. And not only was this gift something I loved, but it also allowed me to make a meaningful difference in the world.
But here’s the best part…
This gift of being able to train dogs also gave me an immense amount of confidence.
It’s amazing how that confidence begins to radiate when you find your purpose in life.
Before I knew it everyone wanted my secrets and skills.
I felt significant and to this day my confidence has continued to grow as I pursue my passion.
Being able to connect with a dog and then communicate them to change their behavior is an amazing thing…and something that most dog owners are desperate to understand.
Reason #5 to Become a Dog Trainer – You Become a Hero
There’s no better joy than leaving a training consult knowing that you’ve changed the life of both an animal and a human.
Look at it this way…
Image you save a little dog who is constantly being zapped by a shock collar because they are misunderstood and don’t understand what is being asked of them.
Simply put into practice some gentle training methods, and now that little guy who cowered in the corner in fear of being shocked can peacefully sleep in the sunshine.
You can even bring relief to an owner who is heartbroken at the idea of having to get rid of a dog with aggression issues.
Become a dog trainer and using my natural training methods, you can literally save the life of an animal and restore the hope in a human being in just a few hours.
If those things don’t make you feel like a hero, I don’t know what else would!
Reason #6 to Become a Dog Trainer – Passion
If you have millions of dollars and never had to work a day in your life again, what would you be doing?
For me, I can honestly say I’d be living my life just how I am now…kiteboarding, hanging out at the beach, being with my family, and of course training dogs.
Because all of those activities are things I’m passionate about.
It’s actually kind of amazing to think that people are willing to pay me to do what I love every day.
Your job should be something you’re passionate about. If you love animals and people, I have no doubt you’d be passionate about a career as a dog trainer.
Reason #7 to Become a Dog Trainer – Variety
Every day you spend as a dog trainer is different. And that’s a great thing.
Honestly, who wants to follow the same routine day after day. Boring!
Every time I go and do another consult I get to work with new people, new dogs, address new behavioral problems, find new solutions for clients, and so on and so forth.
I promise, with a canine training career you’ll never be bored.
Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the countries finest, celebrities, movie stars, sports stars and billionaires… and each of them thanked me and made ME feel special!
However what I’ve enjoyed the most is spending time, learning and sharing with some of the most amazing beautiful, kind, loving, fun and interesting dogs and people you could imagine…
I have stories for a lifetime!
Reason #8 to Become a Dog Trainer – Contribution
I spent years in a career that never felt fulfilling. Actually, my previous careers were more draining than anything else.
This left me feeling like I had little, if nothing at all, to contribute.
Then I started my career as a dog trainer.
Instantly I felt good about the work I was doing. More importantly I felt like I was able to give back to my community and really a difference in the lives of my clients and their dogs.
Training dogs gave me a career that I feel contributes to a worthy cause–keeping dogs and their humans safe and happy.
If you want to explore a career that will make you feel good and gives you a worthy purpose, dog training is a great path to follow.
Reason #9 to Become a Dog Trainer – Growth
Deep down, I think everyone has the desire to continually learn, grow, and improve themselves.
I know I certainly do.
That’s what makes dog training so fun!
Every Time I interact with a dog I learn something new. I’m always growing and developing new skills–without the pressure of having to attend meetings, seminars, and spending hours in a classroom.
As a dog trainer, you’ll be able to experience the same feeling of growth as you pursue your career.
You’re going to love it!
Ready to get started doing the best job ever as a dog trainer?
Over the past 2 years my team and I have been putting together the most amazing training course that will show you a new approach to gentle dog training. I suggest you check it out!
There really is no other program like it!
So if you’re stuck in a rut with your job, see no future in what you do, have no passion for the work or simply have a dream of doing something special… Then maybe it’s time for a change!
I used to think that to be a dog trainer you had to be born one.
Now I realise that like anything in life…it’s a decision you make.
And it could be the best one you make.
If you’re interested then click HERE to find out more.
Or, if you simply want to get started with a great training program that will teach out how to train dogs in a kind, gentle, and calm manner, check out my program called The Dog Calming Code! (Have a puppy? Try my Puppy Coach training program first!)
I look forward to starting this journey with you–it’s going to be great!
~Doggy Dan 🙂