Own business: dog training
Dog training can bring a steady income. The number of four-legged friends is constantly increasing, more and more owners of country houses and cottages for security purposes, home security, give preference to service breeds of dogs, and training and education are vital for them. Yes, and modern trends are such that some ornamental breeds and even outbred representatives often need to be trained, all of whom have long been aware of the intelligence and ingenuity.
There are several specializations of trainers.
1) A canine instructor trains dogs in several ways: he educates, educates, shapes habits, corrects inborn deficiencies, has a broad knowledge of care, nutrition, mode of activity, maintenance and productive breeding of the breed.
2) The personal trainer prepares the dog exclusively for protective and guard duty.
3) Handler (from the English. «Handling» – management) – has the skills to prepare the animal to participate in exhibitions.
Sometimes the three skills listed above are perfectly mastered by one high-class professional, all three areas are equally in demand.
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In order to organize your dog training business, it is imperative for a beginning businessman to obtain documents confirming his qualifications. Dog training courses, as a rule, exist in every major city, their duration is from 4 months to six months, the cost is 300-350 dollars for one direction. As a result of their passage, a certificate and a certificate of a cynologist are issued on hands, allowing for training.
Training courses also differ from each other: the most preferable option is to conduct them on special training grounds, some trainers provide services in their own, equipped area, others – “at home” with customers. In the first and in the second case, for an additional fee, dog handlers are sometimes willing to independently take and deliver animals for training, as well as provide a day boarding service, which naturally saves the time and energy of the owners.
Professional dog handler does not conduct one-time lessons. As a rule, a contract for a course is immediately concluded. The process itself can occur both immediately with the participation of the owner, and with his gradual involvement, with regard to the dressing of official breeds – the presence of the owner is mandatory, at the end of the training an exam is taken.
The main cost item for the trainer instructor will be the purchase of equipment and equipment, these include: various structures – walls, stairs, barriers, tunnels; overalls – protective overalls, pants, helmets, sleeves for grasping; other little things – whistles, flags, items for anport, whips, leashes and collars, muzzles.
The cost of group hours of classes (5-6 dogs with owners) on the equipped area is about 15-18 dollars per hour. Individual training at home – 30-40 dollars, the duration of the course, as a rule, is 10-14 days. If the dog is more than two years old, training is more expensive, since it is necessary to work on re-education and make adjustments to the already formed character of the animal.
Of course, this type of activity is characterized by seasonality, the peak of work falls on the period from spring to autumn. Although there may be customers in the winter, it’s just that there are fewer of them. Even so, the investment in the business pays off within 5-7 months.