The Animal Trainer is responsible for the care and training of animals used in movies, television, commercials, or other performances. They work with a variety of animals, including but not limited to dogs, cats, horses, birds, and reptiles. The trainer must be able to teach the animal tricks or behaviors that are required for the job. They must also be able to manage the animal's environment and keep them healthy and free from stress.

Animal Trainer Job Responsibilities

  • Animal trainers typically work with dogs, but may also work with other animals such as horses, dolphins, or tigers.
  • They teach tricks or behaviors to animals for obedience, performance, or companionship purposes.
  • Trainers may work in a variety of settings including zoos, kennels, animal shelters, and veterinary clinics.
  • Some animal trainers travel to clients' homes to train their pets.
  • Job duties may also include giving lectures or demonstrations on training methods to pet owners or groups of people interested in animal training careers.


  • To teach animals tricks or behaviors for entertainment, research, or therapeutic purposes
  • To shape animal behavior through positive reinforcement training techniques such as clicker training, marker training, or operant conditioning
  • To develop a positive relationship with the animals in order to earn their trust and cooperation
  • To maintain safety for both the animals and trainers during all training sessions
  • To keep detailed records of each animal's progress and behaviors

Animal Trainer Job Skills & Qualifications Needed

  • Animal trainers typically need a high school diploma, although some jobs may require postsecondary education, and must complete onthe-job training. Some states have certification programs for animal trainers.