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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.

Work Activities
  • 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.
  • Cue or signal animals during performances.
  • 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.
  • Use oral, spur, rein, or hand commands to condition horses to carry riders or to pull horse-drawn equipment.
  • Retrain horses to break bad habits, such as kicking, bolting, or resisting bridling or grooming.
  • Feed or exercise animals or provide other general care, such as cleaning or maintaining holding or performance areas.
  • Observe animals' physical conditions to detect illness or unhealthy conditions requiring medical care.
  • Train dogs in human assistance or property protection duties.
  • Evaluate animals to determine their temperaments, abilities, or aptitude for training.
  • Train dogs to work as guides for the visually impaired.
  • Place tack or harnesses on horses to accustom horses to the feel of equipment.
  • Administer prescribed medications to animals.
  • Keep records documenting animal health, diet, or behavior.
  • Evaluate animals for trainability and ability to perform.
  • Advise animal owners regarding the purchase of specific animals.
  • Organize or conduct animal shows.
  • Instruct jockeys in handling specific horses during races.
Skills
  • Instructing

    Teaching others how to do something.

  • Learning Strategies

    Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

  • Speaking

    Talking to others to convey information effectively.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
0
Reading for Information
4
Locating Information
4
Abilities
  • Problem Sensitivity

    The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

  • Oral Expression

    The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

  • Oral Comprehension

    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Knowledge
  • Customer and Personal Service

    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

  • Education and Training

    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • Psychology

    Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $25,550/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $12.28/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 510
  • Yearly Projected Openings 20
Typical Education
Personality
Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Independence
  • Cooperation
Tools
  • Reins
  • Pet grooming products
  • Leashes or leads
  • Harnesses or its accessories
  • Domestic pet training kits
Technology
  • Word processing software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Calendar and scheduling software
Tags
  • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.