Show Dog Trainer

Get show dogs ready for competitions.

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Salary Range
$17,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Show Dog Trainers do?

As a Show Dog Trainer, you train and care for some of the most sought-after dogs in the world. You’re responsible for approving a dog based on its features and chances of winning a championship, then training it to win. There are standard commands that all show dogs must respond to, and standard events that they must complete. Looking good is just the first part of the equation; you help the dog act the part as well.

Being a Show Dog Trainer comes with long hours and deep commitments. Every client is different. Some dogs live with you, requiring specialized living arrangements, temperature control, diet, and exercise.

Other times, you commute or even live at the owner’s home while you prepare the dog for competition. It’s not uncommon for a Show Dog Trainer to have a few different clients who will not all be competing in the same shows.

However, it is also common for a Show Dog Trainer to focus on one breed and gain detailed knowledge of it for competition. Knowing the professional Judges who will be involved in each competition can also help. This allows the Trainer to suit the dog to the Judge’s preferences, and hopefully deliver a performance that has a better chance of winning.

Should I be a Show Dog Trainer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Dog Show Judge, Dog Trainer, Hearing Dog Trainer, Seeing Eye Dog Teacher, Seeing Eye Dog Trainer

    How to become a Show Dog Trainer

    Most Show Dog Trainers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9baeaa&chl=no+college+%2865%25%29|certificate+%2829%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|bachelor%27s+%285%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,65,65
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