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Animal Trainer

Animal trainers train animals for a wide range of reasons. Some trainers work with large animals such as elephants, lions, or dolphins to train them to perform in front of large groups of people. Others train dogs or other small pets to be more obedient at home. Some train horses or dogs to perform at competitions such as riding shows or dog shows. Trainers also work with dogs or monkeys to assist disabled persons in performing everyday tasks.

Training involves conditioning the animal to respond to commands through the use of positive reinforcement. When the animal responds correctly to a command, the trainer provides a treat, toy, kind words, or petting in order to reinforce the behavior. This training can take months of repetition and much patience on the part of the trainer.

Salary Range: 
$18,572 - $42,562

Typical Education Needed: 

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