Occupational Employment Statistics
39-2011 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.
|Natural Resources and Mining||30||$20.01/hr
|Trade, Transportation and Utilities||70||$14.29/hr
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- Place tack or harnesses on horses to accustom horses to the feel of equipment.
- Talk to or interact with animals to familiarize them to human voices or contact.
- Observe animals' physical conditions to detect illness or unhealthy conditions requiring medical care.
- Use oral, spur, rein, or hand commands to condition horses to carry riders or to pull horse-drawn equipment.
- Instruct jockeys in handling specific horses during races.
- Keep records documenting animal health, diet, or behavior.
- Retrain horses to break bad habits, such as kicking, bolting, or resisting bridling or grooming.
- 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.
- Train dogs to work as guides for the visually impaired.