An Apprentice Animal Trainer works with dogs and other animals to modify their behaviour or teach them to follow commands. You might work with one animal at a time or teach a group class like puppy preschool. You might help pet owners to train their animals or work with other organisations training therapy animals, law enforcement and security dogs or performance animals. You may also help to educate owners or handlers on the best way to manage their animals.
Apprentice Animal Trainers need to have excellent communication skills and be able to work well with animals and people. It can be a physically demanding role and you’ll need to be able to work a range of shifts. Apprentice Animal Trainers need a lot of patience and will need to be comfortable being with animals with all sorts of temperaments and behavioural issues. You'll need strong observational skills and an excellent understanding of animal behaviour.