A dog is probably the most popular animal for people to keep as a pet. They are great for companionship, and certain breeds work really well with families. However, with any pet that lives within a human environment they need to be adequately trained to ensure they behave properly. A trained dog is a well behaved dog that obeys their masters commands. They do not get involved in threatening situations as fighting with other dogs or causing a mess. As the dog is such a popular pet it has created a huge market for anyone who is interested in setting up a dog training business.
A dog training business can offer many advantages compared to other types of businesses. For example, when you acquire customers you will in most cases be visiting their homes to train their dog. Alternatively, you can run your business from your own home and this can save you a lot of money in rent that can be used for capital to get your business up and running. As your business grows and profits increase you can decide to hire an office or shop to establish your business.
Before setting up a dog training business you should obviously have a passion for dogs and a track record of training dogs successfully. At the moment there are no formal qualifications to become a dog trainer but, there are training courses available to help you improve your skills. Certain universities and colleges can provide degrees in animal psychology which can be beneficial. Probably one of the most effective ways to improve your dog training skills is to shadow an experienced dog trainer.
A skill you will definitely need is to know how to market and promote your business effectively. You may have all the dog training skills and experience in the world however, if people do not know about your business that training and experience is not going to do you much good. When you are planning your business you need to consider your marketing strategy and budget. You can begin by offering to train the dogs of your family and friends and ask them to generate more business by word of mouth. Make sure you have plenty of business cards printed with your contact details and the service you provide. You will find that local papers are always hungry for news. Approach the editor and ask if they can do a feature on your business. This can be a very powerful and free way of marketing your business.
You will find with your dog training business that each client will have different needs in training their dog. The majority of dogs will probably just need to learn the basic commands of sitting, retrieving and dog toilet training. Obviously, if a dogs behaviour is very erratic a more detailed training program is required. As you become more experienced and confident you will be able to adapt your service more effectively to the needs of your clients. Once you have developed a strong client base and a good reputation built on hard work the dog training business will provide you with a very good living.