Jobs for dog lovers

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If you are looking for a new career and love dogs these are great ways to be able to work with dogs every day. Each option is explained and the pros and cons are mentioned.

If you are looking for a new career and love dogs these are great ways to be able to work with dogs every day. Each option is explained and the pros and cons are mentioned.

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  • 1. Jobs for Dog Lovers
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  • 2. Dog Breeder
    Being a dog breeder entails a lot more than just allowing purebreds to mate and then selling the puppies. In order to become successful at these jobs with dogs, you must:
    Duties:
    Maintain the breed standards
    Keep your dogs happy and healthy
    Network with more experienced breeders and learn from them
    Invest a lot of time and money
     
    Disadvantages:
    Can take a heavy financial and emotional toll
    Profits may not be realized for several generations
  • 3. Doggie Day Care Worker/Kennel Attendant
    You may want to consider these jobs with dogs if you don’t mind cleaning up after dogs, as well as playing with them. Day care centers for dogs and boarding kennels may sometimes operate under the same roof. 
    Duties:
    Doggie day care worker - supervise playtime for the dogs
    Kennel attendants - care for dogs staying for days to weeks
     
    Advantages:
    Previous experience not required
    Training is provided on the job
    With enough experience, you can become a manager or a business owner
    Cross-training as a vet assistant in kennels
     
    Disadvantages:
    At entry level, hard work and low pay
  • 4. Dog Groomer
    In the canine world, these jobs with dogs can be likened to those of cosmetologists. You can learn the basics of grooming by working as an assistant for a professional. To learn advanced techniques and styles, you can study at a dog grooming school and receive certification and membership with the National Dog Groomers Association.
     
    Duties:
    Style dogs for dog shows, photographs, and everyday comfort
     
    Disadvantages:
    Training is required
    Dirty and smelly dogs, which may have parasites
  • 5. Animal Behaviorist
    These jobs with dogs involve working with pets and owners to remove unwanted behaviors with the use of programs. There are 2 types of Animal Behaviorists:
    Applied Animal Behaviorist – a dog psychologist. Requirements: postgraduate programs in a behavioral science
    Veterinary Behaviorist – a dog psychiatrist who may prescribe medications. Requirements: must be a licensed veterinarian who has completed internships, residencies, and passed all requirements to become a board-certified specialist
     
    Disadvantages:
    Dog owners who do not implement programs consistently
    Getting the education necessary to qualify for the position
  • 6. Dog Trainer
    In order to become a dog trainer, you will need to have an understanding of how dogs think, the ability to teach, and a lot of patience. It is best to start as an assistant to a trainer experienced in these jobs with dogs.
     
    Duties:
    Teach dogs basic and advanced commands
    Help dog owners teach commands to their dogs
    Work with future service and working dogs
    Train dogs to perform for films and T.V.
     
    Advantages:
    Certification is optional for these jobs with dogs
    Disadvantages:
    Owners who are not consistent with training program, or encourage bad behavior
  • 7. Veterinary Medical Services
    In the field of veterinary medicine, you will work to maintain dog wellness and care for sick pets.
    Veterinarian – a dog physician; they may specialize in a wide range of disciplines such as pharmacology, dentistry, and general animal care. Requirements: 4 years of college and 4 years of vet school.
    Veterinary Technician – a credentialed vet nurse. Requirements: complete a 2-4 year vet tech program.
  • 8. Veterinary Assistant – has similar duties to a vet tech, but is not licensed and has no credentials. Depending on state law, they may not be able to perform some advanced nursing duties.
    Disadvantages:
    Animals are unable to communicate their problems, which makes accurate diagnosis difficult
    Burnout from stress
  • 9. Community/ Public Services
    There are many jobs with dogs that will empower you to serve the public and your community:
    Search and Rescue – you will be partnered with a dog that has been trained to find missing people
    Police force – if you are a qualified officer, you will be partnered with a working dog
    Pet therapy – you and your dog visit hospitals, nursing homes, and schools to uplift others
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