This is probably just another one of my rediculous ideas that will actually never happen, but I’ll tell you about it anyway!
Its true that when your studying, you usually can’t wait to be finished after a while, and think you’ll never study again. Now that I’m at work, in a job that I like but particularly don’t feel like I’m learning anything knew in, I want to study even more. There aren’t any courses at local colleges that appeal to me. I don’t want to move anywhere now because I’m close to friends and family, I’m planning on having my own house in the town I grew up in and know well, and I have a job. This means that my only option at the moment is distance learning.
Remember, I don’t always make the most useful decisions when it comes to choosing subjects. I go for things I like rather than things that are useful. As a result, I already have a music degree which I loved studying for, but didn’t exactly get me my dream job. I don’t think it helped me get a job at all, and I could easily be doing the one I’m in now without that degree. I have also tried an introduction to counselling, worked with a newspaper and considered a radio career. What will my parents think if I tell them about my latest idea?
I have recently been looking at canine behaviour and dog training courses, since its an area I’ve been interested in since i was small. I was especially reminded of this during guide dog training. I loved every minute of being there and found it all naturally easy. That doesn’t mean I’d make a good trainer of course. I’m not sure if I’d have enough patience. However, I found a good distance learning option that could give me an idea if I’m seriously interested in this or not.
The centre of applied pet ethology (COAPE) in the U.K is an established organisation with a great reputation and some of the best lecturers in the field of animal behaviour. They offer a foundation course ‘you and your dog’, which lasts four months but can be completed in half the time if you study hard enough.
Then you can choose from a few canine-related, OCN accredited certificate courses, which take 9 months to complete. Students who qualify can then do the diploma, which contains some practical modules at the college a few times a year. This diploma gives you the necessary skills to set up your own training business.
I like the idea that the courses are in stages. I could start the foundation now, and do the certificate in February next year, which is the next time it runs. There is a year-long course taught in Ireland starting next September, which I could do if I was still interested. This is also distance learning, with practical experience in the summer.
Dog trainers are encouraged to register with the association of pet dog trainers in Ireland (APDT) when they qualify. They have to pass an assessment to prove they have the necessary skills, and this entitles them to membership. So many people are setting themselves up as dog trainers, so this organisation ensures that they are fit to operate to the highest standards. Dog owners looking for trainers can find a trainer who trains in their area, and who they can be confident have met a minimum standard of training and use only dog-friendly training techniques.
This all sounds like a long process, but suppose if you enjoy what your doing you wouldn’t see it that way. Small courses would enable me to discover if I really like this area, and it would be much easier to manage it financially. I think I need to get some experience shadowing a reputable trainer to see exactly what is involved before I consider a complete career change.
I’m so confused.To study or not to study, that is the question!
If I go ahead and complete all this studying, am I likely to get a job? I mean, is there even such thing as a completely blind dog trainer? 🙂