How to become a dog handler
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could do an animal trainer higher apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could get voluntary experience with the National Search and Rescue Dog Association before applying to be a dog handler.
You can apply to work with a private security firm as a dog handler. You'll need a Security Industry Authority licence to do this.
You'll have an advantage when you apply for jobs if you've got experience of working with dogs.
You can find out more about becoming a dog handler from the College of Animal Welfare.