As a professional dog trainer, it is a good idea to introduce yourself to your local shelter. Shelters are great places to offer your services because they often are looking for professional advice. Areas that shelters look to canine professionals are:
1- Any type of training equipment. Shelters do not want to suggest equipment that needs supervision.
2-Dog to Dog aggression. This topic alone requires a professional to oversee and monitor behaviour. Shelters like having the expert on hand to have another set of eyes.
3- Dog to Human aggression. Dogs are often surrendered because of this reason. Shelters welcome professional trained individuals to spend time with these cases.
These are just a few of the reasons why your local shelter would welcome you, as a certified dog trainer, into their world. Amber works with the Delta Community Animal Shelter and provides all the staff with help when they request it.
Even if you cannot become an instructor, please spend some time at your local shelter. Every volunteer hour counts.