What does a Pet Trainer do?

Pet trainers provide a range of training services for domestic animals, primarily focusing on dogs. They may work with animals individually or as a group. Specific types of teaching they provide include obedience training, etiquette around humans and other animals, and housetraining. They may also train pets to be service animals. They provide support for behavior modification to address issues such as separation anxiety and food aggression. Their priority is to establish a safe and comfortable training environment that allows for a positive interaction with the animal.

Pet trainers commonly have experience as an animal trainer, groomer, or veterinary assistant. They should have extensive experience working with animals and a thorough understanding of pet psychology and behavior. Certification as a pet trainer or completion of a related training program is an advantage.

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Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Pet Trainer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$25,994 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$20K
Median: $26K
$34K
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Pet Trainer Career Path

Learn how to become a Pet Trainer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Pet Trainer
$25,994/yr
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Head Pet Trainer
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Pet Trainer Insights

Read what Pet Trainer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
PetcoPetco
Senior Dog Trainer
Feb 10, 2021

“I enjoyed the people I work with and the actual job of training dogs was fun and enjoyable.”

Guide Dogs for the BlindGuide Dogs for the Blind
Qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor
Apr 25, 2020

“I’ve always felt very supported at GDB and really enjoy the team I work with.”

West LA Dogs
Dog Handler
Aug 16, 2021

“Owners were really nice and wanted the best for everyone”

PetlandPetland
Pet Counselor
Jul 8, 2021

“Good pay if you are good in sales”

The Dog House of Lafayette
Dog Handler/Kennel Attendant
Sep 28, 2020

“I could no longer work with people who just don't care about the dogs.”

Wet Noses Dry Paws
Dog Handler
Jul 31, 2021

“Some dogs are really great and become the best part about the job.”

Bay Area Pet PalsBay Area Pet Pals
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter
Jun 25, 2019

“Lynda is probably the best person I have ever worked for and is really organized and listens and corrects any issues as they arise.”

Boston's Best Dog Walkers And Pet Services
Professional Dog Walker
Nov 16, 2020

“Great people to work with!”

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