3 gratifying careers for dog lovers

In 2016, the Pet Food Manufacturers Association released their report which showed that 24% of households in the UK own at least one dog, and it’s no surprise. We're a nation of dog lovers and love to learn about their secret lives on TV, watch funny dog videos online and many of us cheered when Pudsey won Britain’s Got Talent in 2012.

If you’re a dog lover and you’re thinking about taking canine courses to develop a career working with them, here are three careers for you to consider.


This form of therapy is often used on dogs that have sustained some kind of injury or undergone surgery. No-one likes to see an animal in pain but if you’re someone who feels driven to actively help them recover, you could become a canine hydrotherapist. Sometimes, owners just want to make this therapy part of their dog’s fitness routine.

Dog trainer

Bringing a new dog into a family is an exciting time but when they display problematic behaviours, it can cause a lot of worry for the owners. It can even affect an entire family. If you’ve ever enjoyed watching Victoria Stilwell on It’s Me or The dog or other similar shows and thought how much you’d love to work with dogs in this capacity, a dog training course would be ideal for you.

Dog day care

If you have a lot of experience with dogs and love the idea of extending love and care to not just your own dogs but other people's four-legged friends, this may be the perfect business for you. You have the option of staying very small or growing into a larger business and employing staff.

There would be factors such as insurance, permits and other legal obligations to consider, depending on where you run your business, but if you’re serious, it would be in your interest to do it the right way.

Whichever career path you choose, you’ll love the satisfaction of being part of a dog’s improved health or behaviour.

3 gratifying careers for dog lovers