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Old 09-10-2013, 12:31 PM
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If competitive obedience is your goal, I would definitely stick with OTR, (Nancy Little) but I would also look into TCOTC or Agile Canines (both Patty Fulton).

And, if you ever want to have training group, let me know. I freaking love obedience.
I would love to have an obedience group. It'd be good practice. Do you compete in obedience? Where are you located? Feel free to PM me if you don't want to post it here. Maybe you could even critique me seeing as I'm pretty much training from memory. I'm using what I remember from competing in 4-H, which was a long time ago. Luckily I have a very patient dog that loves to learn.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:36 PM
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I also began studying psychology with an animal behavior concentration in undergrad...I'm still on that track, on medical leave, but it's likely I'm going to drop that major to focus on my other (I'm a double major). I may not, though, I really like the field and would really like to eventually be a researcher focusing on mental illnesses in dogs (depression, anxiety, OCD, etc.).
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:40 PM
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I would love to have an obedience group. It'd be good practice. Do you compete in obedience? Where are you located? Feel free to PM me if you don't want to post it here. Maybe you could even critique me seeing as I'm pretty much training from memory. I'm using what I remember from competing in 4-H, which was a long time ago. Luckily I have a very patient dog that loves to learn.
My dogs are elderly, so I borrow Siri the JRT pup. I haven't competed a ton (two CDs, lots of rally, one Q in Open before I had to retire Bailey) but I've taught all exercises through utility to both dogs. We still have time this fall to use fields, so we should totally set up a time to train. I'll PM you a few locations I know would work well.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:45 PM
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I'm planning in the next couple of years to get my degree in Psychology. It seems like many dog trainers have a degree in a Science related field. I'm horrible at math, so I'd rather do something not math intensive.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:52 PM
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I make a comfortable living wage, I set my hours and my own limitations. I started as a trainer when my education led position as a photographer was being outsourced. I didn't want to drop in my pay so when my trainer offered to hire me to work her day training school on a commission basis I took her up on it. When I moved to Oregon I offered my services to another facility, able to not only work their daycare but introduce a daytraining program. I train classes and privates to make ends me, I don't love them but their pay is always better than daytraining.

One key in the field, I have found over the years, is finding your nook. Find something that helps you stand out without bad mouthing others.

Work your own dogs, have something to stand on, and be good to your clients. Word of mouth wins.

I have every intention to go back for my masters and move into education. I do enjoy dog training but far more as a hobby/competitive sport than a career. The lack of retirement, healthcare, and the wear and tear on the body is unnerving.

Check into facilities, they're a fantastic resource. You can start as a poop scooper and work your way up, I do know of a few (like GDB) that offer PTO and 401ks as well as health benefits.
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:02 PM
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I'd lie to train a few classes part time one day.

Beanie if I had money we could totally do a training facility but alas... I do not.
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Beanie if I had money we could totally do a training facility but alas... I do not.
Frickin' not winning the lottery ruins EVERYTHING.

I even have a rough business plan... because... dreams.

Clearly when Tim Tebow marries me he will 100% support my dreams and ALL MY PROBLEMS WILL BE RESOLVED.
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:31 PM
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Springerlover, I'm in Bloomington. I'm training right now at On the Run, and Tails up, though I hate Tails up and will be starting to train at Cloud 9. I went and observed a class on Sunday and the Owner and I very much have the same training philosophy. I really like her. I've also signed up for Tawzer Dog and Bow Wow Flix so I'm just getting education all over the place!
I'm a trainer at On The Run. Feel free to message me any questions!
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:57 PM
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Frickin' not winning the lottery ruins EVERYTHING.

I even have a rough business plan... because... dreams.

Clearly when Tim Tebow marries me he will 100% support my dreams and ALL MY PROBLEMS WILL BE RESOLVED.
And I can live in your basement?
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:23 PM
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You've already gotten plenty of good advice!

However, I'd say your first priority should be getting your hands on a LOT more dogs. That would mean working at a shelter, or a dog day care, or if either of those are not an option in your immediate area, a groomer. Not only will you get a lot more experience with a wide range of dogs, but dealing with them in a "mass capacity" like that will really ensure that it IS what you want to do.

After you get going on that front, as others have said, I would also very strongly recommend finding a trainer in your area that follows your own personal methodology. Whether you use more "traditional" methods, or are looking for someone who is a clicker trainer, talk to them, attend their group classes if possible, and if you like how they do things, THEN find out if they offer any sort of apprenticeship program. You will learn by watching these people train other people's dogs. Dealing with people and their dogs can be difficult. Watching someone else do it will help you decide if this is really what you want to do without putting yourself at risk.

I am a professional CPDT-KA. I went the route of taking training classes with my own dogs, then got hired by a facility that did day care, boarding and training. I worked there for over two years, got my CPDT, and learned waaay more than I ever thought possible about not just training, but dog behavior in general. I left there and now run my own training business. It is a LOT of work and more often than not, the people are the issue, not the dogs. But if you are serious about it, and you really connect with dogs, then by all means start exploring. But it wont happen overnight. It takes dedication and time. I left a really well-paying job to do this, and its been difficult, but its also one of the best decisions I ever made.
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