Hi if there are any dog trainers on this forum, how did you get started? Do you make fairly decenct money? Do you work for someone else or yourself? I've spent years, struggling, figuring out what I want to do. I've realized, duh!, dog trainer. I've been working with my dog for about 8 months now, and I love it! I was in the 4-H Dog project and did obedience and i loved it! I'm a natural with the dogs. I'm good with people however, when it comes to this it's something I feel so strongly about I tend to come on strong and is something I'm actively working on and getting better. I found a training school I really like (finally!) and am going to start training my dog there. The owner said she would consider letting me assist her and then teaching classes. That would be awesome. As many of you know I'm really interested in dog sports. I'm actively working to have my dog trial ready before Christmas. I'm also actively training in agility. I've read many, many training books, have actually met Patricia McConnell. Do you all have any other suggestions for getting started and getting people to hire me?