In a nutshell, I have been working very hard toward becoming a trainer and over the last few months I've been putting in the time to observe, shadow, co-teach, and learn from trainers and behaviorists around me. I am currently in a position where I teach my own, though I am just starting out and it is a minute fraction of my income. But opportunities have arisen for me to pursue this further, to the degree where I will be paid to attend conferences and get certifications to continue my education... Basically, become a dog trainer.
I know we have a number of professional dog trainers on this forum and I was wondering what your most rewarding and most challenging experiences have been. Any advice for someone just starting out?
And I mean purely the dog training/customer interface aspect. I am not asking about starting or running my own training business, or aspects such as insurance and space.
(Also yes, I know that training for basic obedience is different from tricks is different from schutzhund, etc. etc...)