Animal Trainers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+27.1% (much faster than the average)


What Animal Trainers Do

Train animals for riding, harness, security, performance, or obedience, or for assisting persons with disabilities. Accustom animals to human voice and contact, and condition animals to respond to commands. Train animals according to prescribed standards for show or competition. May train animals to carry pack loads or work as part of pack team.

Other Job Titles Animal Trainers May Have

Dog Trainer, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI), Horse Trainer, Trainer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work


Trail Brothers

I wake up early, check emails, and work on marketing campaigns. Then I make sure the horses are fed and medically taken care of, get the horses groomed and saddled, ride horses all day, unsaddle, wash and groom them. Later, I work on accounting, make phone calls, sleep, and then repeat.

Dog Trainer ,

Positive Solutions Dog Training

I work one-on-one with clients and their dogs at their homes or in their neighborhood. Using positive reinforcement, I teach clients how to train their dogs and achieve their goals for their pet or performance dog.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Cue or signal animals during performances.
  • Talk to or interact with animals to familiarize them to human voices or contact.
  • Conduct training programs to develop or maintain desired animal behaviors for competition, entertainment, obedience, security, riding, or related purposes.
  • Feed or exercise animals or provide other general care, such as cleaning or maintaining holding or performance areas.
  • Observe animals' physical conditions to detect illness or unhealthy conditions requiring medical care.

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