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Pet Obedience Trainer

A Pet Obedience Trainer will watch the pet with its owner to assess the level of obedience the pet has. They will then plan the best steps to improve its obedience over time. They may either work with the dog alone, or along with the owner, to improve the way they command and reward their pet.


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 12,000 people are currently employed as Pet Obedience Trainers in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 12,300 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

24.9% of all Pet Obedience Trainers are employed in QLD. The area with the lowest number of Pet Obedience Trainers is NT, with only 0.5%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 31.2% of Pet Obedience Trainers being male and 68.8% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Pet Obedience Trainers is 25-34 years old, with 31.6%. A small percentage (5.5%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Pet Obedience Trainers, with 12.9% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Pet Obedience Trainers work an average of 43.7 hours a week which is 2.8 hours higher than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Pet Obedience Trainers have a Year 12 qualification (27.8%) or are at a Advanced Diploma/Diploma level (25.3%). 50.6% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 49.4% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Pet Obedience Trainer Duties & Tasks

  • Teach pets to respond and adhere to commands
  • Use positive reinforcement methods to encourage pets to change their behaviour



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.