Overview

Pet dog trainers provide training for dogs and their owners, covering obedience, basic agility and socialisation. Many pet dog trainers also provide training for competitive events such as ring craft for dog shows, advanced agility, heelwork to music and flyball events. Some offer specialised training for gundog working tests and instruction for field trial events.

Practicalities

Group classes are usually provided in rented venues such as church or community halls, in rural farm buildings or at venues in towns such as farm animal auction markets. One-to-one tuition is also provided, usually at the dog owner's home. Some trainers run classes in parks and open spaces, although this is not typical.


See also: Business start-up guide - Pet grooming service


A dog trainer needs to budget for and source a range of equipment and supplies for use in classes or for dog owners to buy at the class (for example, appropriate types of harness or leaders). Cleaning equipment such as poop scoops, gloves and disinfectant will be needed to clean the premises after classes.

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