Five Jobs That Give You The Opportunity to Work With Dogs
By: Jeff Noce, Voyce President
Have you ever dreamed about spending each and every workday in the company of dogs? If so, I have good news for you! You can turn that dream into a reality. In fact, there’s never been a better time to pursue a canine-centric career.
In the last 10 or 20 years, attitudes about dogs have changed. They’ve gone from being viewed as “just pets” to full-fledged members of the family. And with that shift has come a demand for qualified pet professionals that pet parents can trust. That means that there are more opportunities than ever before to turn your love of dogs into a full-time profession.
As a former professional dog trainer, I know firsthand how rewarding this career choice is. Dog trainers don’t just teach basic obedience and fun new tricks. They help people and pets communicate with each other, which in turn strengthens their bond. More experienced trainers can also help address behavioral issues that may be posing a problem for the family. If this is something you’re interested in, contact a reputable trainer in your area to talk to them more in depth about the rewards and challenges they face.
As you probably already know, dog moms and dads often worry about leaving their pets home alone for long stretches while they’re at work or on vacation. A professional dog sitter helps alleviate that anxiety by taking the dog for a walk, playing with him and giving him much-needed love and attention. Some offer additional services such as overnight stays, poop scooping, medication administration and dog park visits.
These professionals assist veterinarians with the care of animals who are injured, ill or just coming in for a routine check-up. A good vet tech should not only love and be able to handle animals, but be compassionate and caring toward people as well. Becoming a vet tech typically requires the completion of a two-year degree program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Canine Massage Therapist
The medical and emotional benefits of massage have been thoroughly documented in humans. And many of those same benefits apply to dogs as well, including stress relief and helping to relax and soothe sore muscles. Not surprisingly, the growing interest in canine sports has helped create a demand for this alternative therapy. For more information, look online for certification programs near you.
Many dog lovers resist the idea of working at an animal shelter because they’re worried that it will be too depressing. But shelters have come a long way in recent years and many of them are no-kill or are working toward that goal. Not only will you have the opportunity to work directly with dogs, you’ll also get the pleasure of finding them loving homes and reuniting lost dogs with their owners. If you’re not sure if this is the right choice for you, start by volunteering at your local shelter or rescue.
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