Archives for September 2010

Animal Career Publications

I recently received an animal career publication that looked like it was written by a charitable trust.

However, after scanning through the information, I found that it was simply a promotional piece about pet care careers that directed people to a specific website.

My reason for bringing this up is that there are a lot of people jumping on the bandwagon to solicit funds from those seeking animal careers.

I wrote about accreditation not too long ago and so think it is important that you understand that not all online information is created equal.

Nor are the programs that are out there all worth it.

Although my animal career coaching application period has closed, I will be opening it again once those people are through the program.

If you missed my Unusual Animal Career series and seminars–including weekend intensives that I started back in the 1990s–you won’t want to miss the new program set to launch sometime next year.

I’ll be spending some time reviewing a few animal career publications that might be helpful to you.

In general, vocational guides and college career guidance can be the most helpful to help you sort through the piles of products being promoted online.

Plus, you don’t have to be a student to take advantage of those resources–simply show up and ask for help since you are seeking a career.

When you go for solid sources of information you will save your self some heartache and tons of time.

Does it mean that all private materials or programs are crap?

No, certainly not.

I’ve been involved in private training programs since my career began and do continuing education online–but you have to know how to sort through the mess to find the gems.

In the next few posts I’ll share some good animal career resources with you but also be sure to sign up for the animal career secrets email list so you don’t miss subscriber only goodies!

Who or What animal training source makes you cringe?

Okay, earlier this week I asked about your favorite training sources and now I am asking you about the ones you abhor or shake your head at in disbelief.

I want to know:

  • Who is your least favorite animal trainer? (Please include where he or she is and the methods they use and how you found the company.)
  • Is he or she a member of a professional organization? (If so, which ones?)
  • Who is your least favorite animal behaviorist? (Please include where he or she is and the methods they use and how you found the company.)
  • Is he or she a member of a professional organization? (If so, which ones?)
  • What do you think are the worst three animal behavior and/or animal training books? (List the author.)

I have a few reasons for asking this but before I get into it, I want to hear from you.

Please note all comments are moderated and will be posted once reviewed.

Also take note that on this series of questions I am going to wait a bit until a variety of comments are in–this means that I am going to delay approval in the moderation queue so your answer might not appear right away.

Why? Because there are a variety of opinions and I don’t want to influence or to deter anyone from chiming in.

Okay, ready? Simply post your comment below.