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What Is Imposter Syndrome?

What Is Imposter Syndrome?

Have you ever felt in awe of other dog trainers and worry that your own accomplishments just aren’t at the same level? If you know you do good work, but constantly feel like you’re skating along on sheer luck, it’s possible you are struggling with something many top...

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Is There a Degree for Dog Training?

Is There a Degree for Dog Training?

Are you pondering how to turn your fascination with dogs and your drive to help people and their pets into a profession? You already know that some animal careers like veterinary medicine take years of higher education, but what about others, like dog training?  Great...

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How to Start a Career Working With Dogs

How to Start a Career Working With Dogs

Do you love dogs? Would you like to turn your love for dogs into a fulfilling career? Are you already a pet professional who wants to expand your knowledge and skills? There are many career opportunities for people who want to work directly with dogs. You’ll find...

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Is Dog Training a Good Career for Me?

Is Dog Training a Good Career for Me?

Should you consider a career in dog training? If you have a strong connection with animals, have a curious spirit and enjoy helping both dogs and people, the short answer is…YES! Absolutely! Dog training is a great career on its own. It can also be a fantastic...

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Becoming a Dog Trainer: Things I Wish I’d Known My First Year

Becoming a Dog Trainer: Things I Wish I’d Known My First Year

Considering becoming a professional dog trainer? Great choice! What should you know as you start your training journey? We asked one of our amazing staff members – a professional trainer for over a decade – to compile her list of the “Top Five Things I Wish I’d Known...

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Cue or Command: Why Does Dog Training Terminology Matter?

Cue or Command: Why Does Dog Training Terminology Matter?

Words matter – even in dog training! Learn the difference between ‘cue’ and ‘command’ when training dogs.
Consider the phrases “I command you to bring me my slippers,” versus “When you hear the cue, that means pick up my slippers and deliver them to me.” One implies do this or else (the implication being you will not like the “else”) and the other is an opportunity to carry out a request.

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How To Choose The Right Dog Trainer School

How To Choose The Right Dog Trainer School

It’s been called a golden era for those shopping for an educational experience to help them become professional dog trainers, but all those options can also be overwhelming for someone just beginning their educational journey. Here are 20 questions to ask when choosing the right dog trainer school for you.

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