Animal Trainers

Animal Trainers

Train animals for riding, harness, security, performance, or obedience, or assisting persons with disabilities. Accustom animals to human voice and contact; and condition animals to respond to commands. Train animals according to prescribed standards for show or competition. May train animals to carry pack loads or work as part of pack team.

Key Competencies * Dependability * Integrity * Attention to Detail * Self Control * Independence * Cooperation * Stress Tolerance * Adaptability/Flexibility * Persistence * Innovation

Representative Tasks * Talk to or interact with animals to familiarize them to human voices or contact. * Conduct training programs to develop or maintain desired animal behaviors for competition, entertainment, obedience, security, riding, or related purposes. * Train horses or other equines for riding, harness, show, racing, or other work, using knowledge of breed characteristics, training methods, performance standards, and the peculiarities of each animal.


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Job Family Personal Care and Service

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