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.

Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Pet Trainer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$25,994 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $26K
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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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Read what Pet Trainer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
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Qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor
Apr 25, 2020

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

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Dog Handler
Aug 16, 2021

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

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Animal Trainer/Performer
Aug 18, 2020

“You get to work with amazing animals and teach them how to do incredible things.”

2 Paws Up
Pet Sitter/Dog Walker
Aug 18, 2021

“I could make my own schedule and got to take care of all kinds of beautiful animals.”

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Dog Trainer
Nov 20, 2021

“Once I went full time they offered paid vacation and sick time which is unheard of in this industry.”

Cuddly Tails
Pet Sitter/Dog Walker
Jan 8, 2022

“Cuddly Tails is my far the best job I've ever had.You make your own schedule and price.”

Pet Counselor
Jul 8, 2021

“Good pay if you are good in sales”

Pet Counselor
Apr 21, 2021

“Good good good good good”

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Veterinary Technician
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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a pet trainer

The most similar professions to pet trainer are:
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Pet Groomer
  • Kennel Technician