You have to develop
your own skills
Because there are no legitimate professional state licenses or governing bodies that oversee for Dog Trainers most trainers work under more seasoned trainers. Yes, there are some schools out there like in TX and OH that teach basic skills. But you have to develop your own skills and that takes years.
My undying love for dogs my whole life lead me down this path.
My first dog Sonny, a silver and black German Sheppard was the son of a junk yard guard dog my father owned. Sonny was brought home as a puppy in 1968 the same year I born. We grew up together and he was my beloved buddy. At age 7 he contracted a new, rare disease. Sonny was the second reported dog in the United States to contract this disease. It was terrible to watch him get sicker day by day with no cure. We eventually had to put him to sleep. It devastated me. I cried for days. It was the Parvo Virus and it was finally recognized in 1978.
Moreover, dogs facing euthanasia that have been labeled to have “Behavior Issues” by the families who no longer want them is also very troubling to me. Unless they have a mental illness like Cocker Rage (very few canines have this) I truly believe all dogs can be trained or rehabilitated. So, that is another reason why becoming a trainer was so important to me so I can help those families keep their dogs. However, the trainer, setting and tactics must be right for it to happen. But most importantly….the owner must be committed to doing the work. The trainer, the owner and the dog is what makes up “the team”.