A dog trainer is responsible for teaching obedience and other desired behaviors to dogs. This may be done through positive reinforcement, such as treats or praise. Dog trainers typically work with puppies and young dogs, but they may also train older dogs that need to learn new tricks or behavior modification. Some dog trainers specialize in specific types of training, such as agility training or service dog training.

Dog Trainer Job Responsibilities

  • Train dogs in obedience, tricks, and behaviors
  • Work with dog owners to help them understand their pet's needs and how to best train them
  • Keep up on the latest canine research and training techniques
  • Be able to effectively handle and manage dogs of all temperaments
  • Maintain a clean and safe training environment
  • Keep accurate records of each dog's progress


  • To train dogs in obedience, tricks, and behaviors
  • To work with owners to teach them how to train and handle their dog
  • To help socialize dogs so they can be comfortable around people and other animals
  • To provide behavior modification training for dogs with behavioral issues
  • To give demonstrations and presentations on dog training methods
  • To keep up with current research on dog behavior and training techniques

Dog Trainer Job Skills & Qualifications Needed

  • There are no formal qualifications required to become a dog trainer, although completing a training course may be beneficial. Dog trainers must have patience, good communication skills and an understanding of animal behaviour. They must also be able to physically handle dogs of all sizes.