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Old 02-05-2013, 12:07 AM
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Default I've been pondering my career options

This may or may not be something attainable, but I was really thinking a bit today about what I'd like to do career wise. I know I want to train dogs and I've been working towards earning my hours towards my CPDT, etc.

But... as far as training dogs... I don't know that I necessarily want to be a pet dog trainer.

A lot of people in my family are on the police force and my sister had mentioned a while back ago that when she finally gets on the force she wants to work towards having a K-9.

I'm fascinated by the work that K-9s do and not far from where I live is The Canine Enforcement Training Center where they train border patrol dogs for narcotics detection, search and rescue, etc. I've checked out this place quite a few times over the past year, especially since it happens to be in one of the top choice areas that Josh and I have looked at for potential housing.

I have no idea how to get into this type of work, but I'm really really interested. I'm tempted to call the training center to talk to them and ask them what I would need to do to get into this type of work and to see if perhaps I could shadow them for a day or two to really see if this is something I would want to do.

I'm also still browsing different dog training programs and just getting a feel for what my options are, but I definitely want to do something that I personally feel is rewarding and how rewarding would it be to train these amazing working dogs?

I don't know... it's just something I've been thinking about a lot lately....
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