DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
39-2011 Animal Trainers
Occupational Description:Train animals for riding, harness, security, performance, or obedience, or assisting persons with disabilities. Accustom animals to human voice and contact; and condition animals to respond to commands. Train animals according to prescribed standards for show or competition. May train animals to carry pack loads or work as part of pack team.
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Tasks for Animal Trainers
- Trains animals to protect property, compete in shows or races, obey commands, or perform tricks to entertain audience.
- Evaluates animal to determine temperament, ability, and aptitude for training.
- Trains guard dog to protect property and teaches guide dog and its master to function as team.
- Cues or signals animal during performance.
- Arranges for mating of stallions and mares, and assists mares during foaling.
- Feeds, exercises, and gives general care to animal.
- Observes animal's physical condition to detect illness or unhealthy condition requiring medical care.
- Trains horses as independent operator and advises owners regarding purchase of horses.
- Rehearses animal according to script for motion picture or television film or stage or circus program.
- Conducts training program to develop desired behavior.
- Trains horses for riding, show, work, or racing.