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Love dogs? Consider making it a career!

Are you a dog lover who happens to be looking for a career change? If so, you're in luck! Our pet pro, Luciano Aguilar, shares how you can turn your love of dogs into a paying job.

The Animal Behavior College is one of the most successful pet business vocational colleges in the country. Steve Appelbaum is the president.

"We have three different programs. We have a program for people who want to become professional dog trainers. We have a program for people who want to become veterinary assistants -- that's the entry level position in the veterinary hospital. And we have one for people who want to become professional groomers," Appelbaum says.

Certified dog trainers are able to hold group classes and give private lessons. Their primary purpose is to teach a dog how to be more obedient and correct any undesirable behaviors a dog might have.

Most veterinary assistants work in animal hospitals and clinics. Their duties include basic animal grooming, restraining animals during procedures, cleaning cages and equipment and general office work. Regular grooming contributes to a dog's overall health and well-being. A groomer's job duties include bathing, drying and brushing a dog's fur, cleaning his ears and clipping his nails.

"All the Animal Behavior College programs are essentially broken down into two components," says Appelbaum. "The first is what we call distance learning. There are text books, there's about a thousand-page workbook for all the programs, there are DVDs. As a student, you will study that in home over a period of about seven to nine months. Then we connect you to a working professional. A working professional dog trainer, a veterinary hospital, or a grooming salon where you will work in real-world situations."

"I really love my job and can't imagine doing anything else," adds Luciano. "If you're a dog lover and think you'd enjoy working with dogs day in and day out, I encourage you to explore these fields yourself. Who knows? In six months, you may be embarking on a canine career of your own."

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