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 2014 to 2024, 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 2014-2015 U.S. Outlook for Animal Care and Service Workers states that employment
growth is expected to result in many openings for dog training careers, kennel attendants and caretakers in shelters and rescue leagues. In addition, as pet services continue to increase, more workers will be needed.1
- Consumer spending on pets has huge numbers that continue to grow: “In 2015, $60.28 billion was spent on our pets in the U.S. For 2016, it was estimated that $62.75 billion will be spent on our pets in the U.S. and for 2017 a record $69 billion is projected to be spent.”8
- “Pet Services is one of the fastest-growing [sectors] in the pet industry, jumping 8 to 12% per year. The pet industry continues to see unprecedented growth,” said American Pet Products Association President Bob Vetere.2 The average annual growth rate since 2002 is 5.4%, and revenue has been growing steadily for well over 20 years.7
- The U.S. market for pet care products and services totaled nearly $56.4 billion in 2014. This market is projected to approach $61.4 billion in 2015 and $69.4 billion by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.5% through 2020.3 By 2019, the [pet products and service] industry is expected to hit $91.72 billion in sales.6
- After consumer electronics, pet care is the fastest growing category in retailing, expanding about 6% a year.2 Coming in at an 11.8 percent growth from 2014 to 2015, we are now spending $5.41 billion on pet-related services.8
- From 2008 to 2010, years that saw nearly every sector of America’s retail economy crumble, pet spending was up by 11.9%.2
- 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 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 54.4 million households in the United States owned at least one dog.6
- 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
1- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition
2 – Business Week and Zoom Room online
3 – Fierce Animal Health – August, 2015; 6 – MarketResearch.com
4 – Forbes Online
5 – Association of Professional Dog Trainers
7 – Franchise Help
8 – American Pet Products Association