Dog Training Careers are on the Rise
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
-Henry David Thoreau
Now is a very exciting time to pursue a dog training career. The dog training business is growing rapidly, tied to a very strong pet industry whose passionate customers spend money because they want the best for their beloved animals.
Research shows that becoming a dog trainer offers a great opportunity for you to be successful. Read on below for the details.
10 Reasons Why Pet Services is a Smart Industry to Join Right Now
- The U.S. Dept of Labor projects that the employment of animal care and service workers, and specifically animal trainers, is projected to continue growing from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Animal care and service workers will continue to be needed as the variety and number of pet services increases.1 See Figure 1 below.
- The 2016-2026 U.S. Outlook for Animal Care and Service Workers states that “many people consider their pets to be a part of their family and are willing to pay more for pet care than pet owners have in the past. As more households include companion pets…employment of animal care and service workers in kennels, grooming shops, and pet stores is projected to increase in order to keep up with the growing demand for animal care.”1
- Specifically in terms of the pet services arena, dog training and pet care expenditures have been increasing with double-digit year-over-year growth. “Industry Statistics & Trends.” 2016-2017 National Pet Owners Survey, American Pet Products Association. 2017.2
- Consumer spending on pets has huge numbers that continue to grow: “In 2017, $69 billion was spent on our pets in the U.S. For 2018, it was estimated that a record $72 billion will be spent on our pets in the U.S.”8
- “In 2014, American Millennials spent $10.6 billion on their pets, over 15% of the approximately $60 billion spent on pets that year. About 74% of millennial pet owners own a dog. They not only consider their pets as part of the family, but also consider pets as the next step to actually starting their own human family. They consider their pets as an outward extension of themselves and their own personalities, so they want to be seen together, be it on social media, on trips, errands, even at the workplace,” said American Pet Products Association President Bob Vetere.2
- American pet spending has continued to rise every single year since 1994 – even during the 2007-2009 recession – reaching an estimated $69 billion in 2017 and now projected to hit almost $100 billion by the end of this decade.2,3
- The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) has seen their annual conference grow from just 250 participants a few years ago to 1,500 participants. The APDT membership has grown at a similar rate with over 5,200 members in 48 countries, the APDT is the largest association of dog trainers world-wide.5
- “Pet services, which includes grooming, boarding, walking, training, pet sitting, exercise and yard services for our pampered pets, saw the largest growth again this year (reported in 2016) and more than tripled the growth percentage of any other category.”8
- The average annual growth rate in the pet industry since 2002 is 5.4%, and revenue has been growing steadily for well over 20 years.7
- Forbes Magazine reported that 92% of pet owners spent the same or more on their pets during the most recent recession period.4 According to the 2017-2018 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 68% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 84.6 million homes.6
1- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
2 – Zoom Room online and Business Week
3 – Packaged Facts – Pet Outlook
4 – Forbes Online
5 – Association of Professional Dog Trainers
6 – MarketResearch.com
7 – Franchise Help
8 – American Pet Products Association