It helps if you contact someone outside of your area so they don't see you as future competition. Best to go at least 25-30 miles if not further out of your area to find a trainer to work with. I've also found that it's better to approach it as if you're looking to be hired, and not expecting them to just take you under their wing for the heck of it. Ask if they have any job openings, explain that you'd love to be a trainer but are wanting to work your way up. You might have to start out bathing dogs (which was where i started, lol) and then eventually move up to working with them.