There are many career choices when it comes to working with animals. If you have a specific love for dogs, however, it is easier to narrow down your options. One of the most promising occupations within the industry that guarantees you will be working with canines is an animal shelter caretaker. The following is a brief introduction to this rewarding animal career and why attending dog training school can get you started in the right direction.
Animal caretakers in animal shelters are responsible for attending to the basic needs of the animals. Physical duties involve cleaning animal cages, restraining animals and sometimes lifting up to 50 pounds. Other routine responsibilities include feeding, watering, medicating and general care of impounded animals.
Although animal caretakers are not required to know how to train dogs, dog training courses and workshops are available for individuals who wish to enhance their knowledge in the field. With more experience and specialized training, caretakers in animal shelters can move up the ladder to become adoption coordinators, animal control officers, emergency rescue drivers, assistant shelter managers or shelter directors.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of animal care and service workers is expected to grow 19 percent over the 2006-16 decade. In 2006, animal caretakers and service workers held 200,000 jobs. In addition to working in animal shelters, animal caretakers can also be employed by boarding kennels, grooming shops, pet stores, animal hospitals and veterinary offices. Many caretakers work for animal humane societies and dog racetrack operators.
Animal Behavior College (ABC) Animal Training School is a great starting point for anyone interested in working in an animal shelter. The complete program is 11 stages and covers over 800 pages. One of the last stages of the program is a shelter practicum and externship. Students are required to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours at a local animal shelter, humane society or rescue organization. Students are able to practice everything they have learned during the program. ABC also offers continuing education courses designed specifically for training shelter dogs. Although your title may not be dog trainer, the knowledge and experience you receive through this training will allow you to handle and care for shelter dogs. In addition, students will have the know-how to launch their own animal shelter or dog rescue training program if they desire to do so.
If you’re thinking about pursuing a career as an animal caretaker, knowing how to train dogs will significantly improve your chances for landing a job and moving up in the field.