Dog Handler or Trainer

Teaches dogs to obey commands and undertake specific tasks.
Training time 8 - 10 months
Average pay $40,272
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 500

What does a Dog Handler or Trainer do?

  • teaching animals to obey verbal and non-verbal commands and addressing behavioural problems
  • training animals to accept riders and pull vehicles
  • training animals to perform in competitions
  • bathing, cutting, combing, blow-drying and styling pets' coats, clipping their nails and cleaning their ears
  • inspecting, preparing, cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining comfortable animal cages and enclosures
  • transporting food, filling water troughs and feeding animals according to their individual needs
  • maintaining animal health records, treating minor injuries and reporting serious conditions to Veterinarians
  • exercising and playing with animals, answering visitor questions, and transferring animals between enclosures by leading or carrying them

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training