If you’re reading this, you’re probably a dog lover. You enjoy nothing more than spending time with a heartbeat at your feet, so why not get paid for your “pup-session?” It’s time to dust off the resume, start a doggy day job, and never work another day in your life.
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Veterinarian is one of the most popular jobs among kids on career day, but how many actually follow through? Just like human doctors, there’s a lengthy training process that goes with this highly skilled profession (8-10 years). Those who stick it out are rewarded with the most prestigious animal job of all. They get to spend their days hanging out improving and saving the lives of a variety of creatures. If you don’t have that kind of time, you can take a two-year course to become a veterinary technician and assist in daily tasks instead.
2. Dog Walker
Becoming a professional dog walker is a walk in the park; just grab a leash and go! Many people will soon return to the office for work, which means pups will be left alone for the first time in a while. Even if owners have prepared their beloved roommates for time apart, they may need some additional company. That’s when the reliable dog walker can swoop in and save the day, and get Fido’s steps in at the same time.
While some dogs wake up cute, others have to work for it. That’s where the dog groomer comes in. They specialize in transforming diamonds in the “ruff” with slick trims, washing and nail work. Many grooming companies offer on-the-job apprenticeships where you can get paid to learn the ropes from a pro.
Take Fido’s stunning Instagram shots to the next level with a career in canine photography. If catching Fido’s best side is your speciality, this is the job for you. Build up a portfolio by snapping your pup’s playmates at the dog park before moving on to paid gigs at dog weddings, parties, and glamour shoots.
5. Dog Sitter
Dogs love sitting, but not as much as they love the dog sitter. This “paws-on” position involves hanging out with the pack all day - need we say more? BringFido’s very own Community Manager, Lauren, has sat more than 155 pups in her side hustle as a dog sitter.
6. Pet Store Sales Associate
You don't have to be an expert in canine nutrition or the best toy for every dog to get through the day as a sales associate at the pet store. A cheerful disposition, love of animals and willingness to help are all you need if you want to hang out with four-legged shoppers.
7. Dog Trainer
Do you remember how good it felt when you said “Sit” and Fido actually sat? You can get that kind of satisfaction every single day by becoming a dog trainer, a job that takes serious dedication, patience and a keen eye for detail. You’ll teach dogs of all levels, sizes and breeds a range of important skills, from leash work and recall to taking on the big dogs at events like The Westminster Kennel Club and Crufts.
8. K9 Officer
K9 officers need to know that their “pawtner” always has their back. People considering this career must work well with animals, as they are responsible not only for training their K9 agents but also caring for them at all times. To start working in the K9 Unit, you’ll first need experience as a regular police officer. Then, embark on months of training together that will place you in situations that could arise in the field, like chasing down suspects and locating evidence. Bomb disposal and narcotics dogs require a keen sense of smell and even more training.
9. Dog Baker / Chef
The days of dry, flavorless kibble are long gone. Modern dogs are begging for a different standard of food that’s human-grade, chef-inspired and prepared using organic ingredients. The pet industry needs great chefs with innovative baking ideas or gourmet meals that will take Fido’s palate to the next level, and it all starts in your kitchen - as long as your live-in taster can handle it!
10. Canine Agent
If you’re going to make it in the cutthroat world of showbiz, you don’t need talent - you just need to see it in others. Canine agents get paid for discovering furry superstars. Bonny the Shih Tzu, the four-legged star of “Seven Psychopaths,” was plucked from obscurity on Craigslist and landed feet first on the red carpet. Or, if you have a clever, dashing and well-trained pooch, you can be the agent and manager for your canine A-lister.
Bonus: Shelter Volunteer
One of the most important jobs on this list doesn’t have a paycheck. Instead, it comes with a healthy dose of helper’s high, a warm fuzzy feeling inside when you know you’ve done something to make another living being’s life better. Shelter volunteers keep animals company, build morale and become a temporary family for animals looking for a permanent home. And you can’t put a price on that!
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