A 6–8-week training course may be a start for one’s education, but enrolment should probably not be based on the hope of finishing the programme ready without much further study to start a career.If you choose a programme such as this as a basis for the beginning of your education, before enrolling, be sure to carefully investigate the programme. -Get More Information Ensure that the school is dedicated to human methods and look for a programme that includes (but is not limited to the following) coursework; learning theory (classical and operational conditioning, shaping, desensitisation and sensitization, positive and negative reinforcement, positive and negative punishment, motivations, generalisation, and training history); animal behaviour (developmental behaviour) (screening, counselling and motivating clients, and designing courses and materials). Although there are no formal requirements for dog trainers, consider contacting the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers if you are interested in certification (www.CCPDT.org). There is a very long list of upsides to working with dogs and their individuals. The most obvious thing is that you get to meet loads of dogs and interact with them (I’m still thinking about the little Bullmastiff pup I met last week named Shelby. So sweet!). The feeling you get when you have a customer who goes from being frustrated with and even angry with their dog to beaming proudly is another list topper as they show off all the new skills you have helped them teach their canine buddy. Sometimes all it takes is to teach their dog to offer an automatic sit-in to welcome people so that they don’t jump on visitors. It is sometimes more difficult, such as helping someone teach their dog to be able to rest calmly and quietly when left alone so that the angry letters from neighbours and the landlord cease, or helping someone with aggression problems to better manage a dog.