- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work on your own
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- thinking and reasoning skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- working with volunteers who foster puppies and young dogs
- helping dogs to adjust to the routine of basic training
- training at a more advanced level related to the dog's future work
- matching dogs to owners
- training dogs and owners together
- providing aftercare and support for owner-dog partnerships
You could work at a client's business or at a client's home.
Your working environment may be you'll travel often and outdoors in all weathers.
With experience you could progress to a role like area team supervisor, training manager or regional training manager.
Your experience as a trainer could lead to a care support job, like rehabilitation worker.
You could move into a related field, like veterinary nursing or working as an RSPCA inspector.
You could also set up your own business, and provide services like dog obedience classes or private dog training.