Would you guys help me with a career path?

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  1. Spirit2010

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    I am having problems with choosing a career path. It seems like nothing fits for me. So... I wanna do something with animals that pays decently. Vet Tech isn't an option, my grades are too low. bleh. So, anything come to mind to you guys? I wanna do dog training for a living. But I know that won't support me. Thanks in advanced.
     
  2. dogsarebetter

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    have you thought about dog grooming? in some places you can make 11-15 $ an hour.
     
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    If not vet tech, there's always veterinary receptionist.

    Kennel management, although that can be difficult -- any other kennel jobs are usually seasonal and there aren't a whole lot of kennel manager jobs available.

    Dog grooming can pay pretty well and even bathing can be decent in the right salon.

    Why wouldn't dog training support you?

    Pet sitting or dog walking would also be something to look into. Or a combination of pet sitting/dog walking/bathing/training.
     
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    Grooming is a good option but I think it can be hard to get into.
    I'm trying to get into Vet Nursing atm (didn't finish school)
    Eventually I'd like to work with assistant or customs dogs or one day own a boarding kennel but I want something I have some training in to fall back on. Plus the training you get as a Vet Nurse, even though the money is terrible, is handy plus whatever you can do that shows interest in the animal industry will help aswell.
     
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    Grooming is not very hard to get into at all actually. Lots of groomers want to train someone to help them out. they get someone who doesnt know much about grooming and teach them everything. that way the person does everything how the boss likes it :)

    I even got into show grooming not knowing anything because the lady wanted to teach someone how she likes it done. someone who will not say "no thats not right, i will do it this way instead"
     
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    Can you go to some form of school for grooming? I know there are schools for dog training. Any good schools for grooming?
     
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    You can work your way up to Vet Tech, if you get in as a kennel tech now and stick with it. I know a number of people who did it that way.

    Dog training will support you just fine, especially if you start apprenticing now.
     
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    yes, you can go to school for it! just look online, I am sure you will find one. My boss did hers online. but honestly, i didnt go to school and i know much more than she does.
     
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    Are you still in high school? When I was in high school I never got the best grades either but that really does not matter once you apply to college I am going for a vet tech, and have been going to school for a year and a half already. So dont tell yourself you caint do something. I used to do that alot i would put myself down, and let my doubts get the better of me. But by staying positive about i have reached my goals so far,and I know you can to I believe in you what ever you choose.
     
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    I'd get some college courses under my belt and then decide .
     
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    I agree with this... this is sort of what I did. I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to do, so I took the basic classes first and then picked a major. IME college classes are much more hands on (requires observations, work based learning) than 'regular' high school. That helps you decide what you want to do. Nothing like being stuff in a work based learning for a couple hours a day for a couple of weeks to make you realize you love/hate it! ;)

    Good Luck!
     
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    Just noticed this thread, thought I'd chime in.

    I DEFINATELY, HIGHLY agree that you should go to college before making big career decisions, even an associate's degree is a big deal. There's a volunteer that I work with who's a senior in high school and wants to be a trainer for our organization; I think she'd be really good at it, too, but we will not hire her until she goes to college. In any career with animals there's a lot of health risks - a torn rotator cuff from a dog pulling too hard could end your training career; getting bitten as a vet tech or groomer could be traumatic and make you want to quit; you could develop allergies to pets (I know of some vets who developed allergies and it basically ended their career); and on and on. So it's really important to get some kind of degree that you can fall back on if your plans don't pan out. It doesn't even really matter if the degree is in a field that will help you - I work with a trainer who has a degree in engineering, and it's actually kinda nice because she thinks a lot more rationally than the rest of us. :) Personally, I double-majored in psychology and social work, and I think both of those degrees help me as a dog trainer every day.

    In the mean time, I'd suggest volunteering for a nonprofit rescue, shelter, or dog training organization. In any animal career, it will be important to have hands-on experience with a large variety of dogs, and volunteering should give you a little taste of training, grooming, husbandry, and other important skills, so you can decide from there what path you want to take. You may end up liking the organization you volunteer with so much that you will take a job there!
     
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    WHY are your grades too low?
     
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    im 18 myself , and not doing good in school . Not saying you absolutely need highschool , but you really should get it . ( same with me .) Im lucky to have a family that has a buisness . But its nothing to do with pets , im going to try and create a dog breeding/grooming/bording area with a huge fenced in yard . My mom used to train dogs , so i think it could work .
     

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