Animal trainers train animals for riding, harness, security, performance, or obedience, or for assisting persons with disabilities. They accustom animals to human voice and contact, and condition animals to respond to commands. They also train animals according to prescribed standards for show or competition and train animals to carry pack loads or work as part of a pack team.
Animal trainers get animals accustomed to human contact for them to respond to specific commands, and display, or refrain from displaying, certain behaviours. The animals they work with can be service animals, family pets or show animals, to be deployed for protection, detection, companionship or entertainment. Animal training professionals know the proper techniques to teach animals to be obedient.
An animal trainer's job requirements usually need a high school diploma, but a bachelor's degree in biology or marine biology is required for a marine mammal trainer. The soft skills required for this job include physical stamina, a positive attitude, effective time management, and interpersonal skills. Jobs can be found at pet day-care centres, aquariums, animal shelters, or animal entertainment production companies. They can work as service animal trainers, show animal trainers or obedience trainers amongst others and earn a decent animal trainer salary.
To be successful, animal trainers need to be very patient and know how to communicate and relate with the animals they work with.
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