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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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What Does It Take to be a Good Dog Trainer?

What Does It Take to be a Good Dog Trainer?

Are you considering a career as a dog trainer, but not sure if it’s a good fit? Here at VSA we’ve worked with thousands of dog trainers across the globe to help them build successful dog training business that help dogs and people live better together. We polled our team to find out what the most important traits are in a prospective dog trainer.

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