What does a Pet Trainer do?

Pet trainers provide a range of training services for domestic animals, primarily focusing on dogs. They may work with animals individually or as a group. Specific types of teaching they provide include obedience training, etiquette around humans and other animals, and housetraining. They may also train pets to be service animals. They provide support for behavior modification to address issues such as separation anxiety and food aggression. Their priority is to establish a safe and comfortable training environment that allows for a positive interaction with the animal.

Pet trainers commonly have experience as an animal trainer, groomer, or veterinary assistant. They should have extensive experience working with animals and a thorough understanding of pet psychology and behavior. Certification as a pet trainer or completion of a related training program is an advantage.

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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Pet Trainer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£24,246 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£17K
Median: £24K
£35K
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Pet Trainer Career Path

Learn how to become a Pet Trainer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Pet Trainer
£24,246/yr
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L7
Head Pet Trainer
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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
5%
2 - 4
3%
5 - 7
0%
8+
92%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Pet Trainer Insights

Read what Pet Trainer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
RFA Security Services
Explosive Detection Dog Handler
22 Mar 2022

“If I had any issues I found communication was key and this was easily accessible.”

Southeastern Guide DogsSoutheastern Guide Dogs
Certified Guide Dog Instructor
16 Feb 2022

“I’ve always felt very supported at SGD and really enjoy the team I work with.”

Guide Dogs for the BlindGuide Dogs for the Blind
Qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor
25 Apr 2020

“I’ve always felt very supported at GDB and really enjoy the team I work with.”

West LA Dogs
Dog Handler
16 Aug 2021

“Owners were really nice and wanted the best for everyone”

Bark & Birch
Dog Trainer
20 Feb 2022

“Other dog trainers are lovely and good fun to work with.”

Cuddly Tails
Pet Sitter/Dog Walker
8 Jan 2022

“Cuddly Tails is my far the best job I've ever had.You make your own schedule and price.”

My Dog HikesMy Dog Hikes
Dog Trainer
20 Nov 2021

“Once I went full time they offered paid vacation and sick time which is unheard of in this industry.”

2 Paws Up
Pet Sitter/Dog Walker
18 Aug 2021

“I could make my own schedule and got to take care of all kinds of beautiful animals.”

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The most similar professions to Pet Trainer are:
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Pet Groomer
  • Kennel Technician

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