Dogs. It’s why were all gathered here today.
Some of us consider our dogs our kids, others our companion, some are best friends, and those of us say “all of the above” when asked how we feel about our dogs.
How cool would it be to have a career working with animals in some capacity? This question was posed recently to our FIDO Friendly Facebook fans, and the replies surprised us. Many of you are involved in following a passion, helping animals, serving animals, and/or those who care for them.
With the economic recession forcing many out of their comfort zone and often into unfamiliar territory, if you’ve ever considered a career with animals in some capacity, why not the present?
Years ago, a search engine result of “careers with animals” would have merited such admiral professions as veterinarian, groomer, veterinary technician, trainer, or dog handler. Today, those results still surface but so do a new host of careers, all involving Fido in some capacity. As you view this list, consider the educational implications, possible initial start-up costs, and if you have the time to commit. If any of these pique your interest, an initial first step can be asking someone currently in the industry if you can talk to them and/or visit their place of business.
What are some of these careers in the dog world that have surfaced (and some have been around a long time, but you may not have considered them):
Manufacturer of pet supplies
Website designer (in dog-related industries)
Pet product manufacturer (i.e., handmade collars/items)
Marketing and PR for dog-related companies
Working in the dog show arena (judge, trainer, groomer, handler)
Animal control officer
Working in a pet supply store or at corporate headquarters
Pet writer or illustrator
Animal cops or train with K-9 units
Selling dog-related items at pet shows and trade shows
Guide dog trainer
Help stop animal abuse
Sharing homeless dogs on social media to help them find homes
Foster parent for homeless dogs
Rescue or shelter volunteer