A Day In The Life Of A Dog Trainer: Balancing Training Sessions & Sleep

A Day In The Life Of A Dog Trainer: Balancing Training Sessions & Sleep

Welcome to our new series! Each month we’ll be featuring a guest dog trainer and sharing what a day in their busy, but fulfilling life looks like. When you’re starting out on a new career path, there’s usually a difference between what you think it’ll be like and what it actually turns out to be like. With this series, I hope to help up and coming dog trainers get an inside peek into what they can expect if they decide to pursue dog training as a career path.

Our first guest is Marcella Ward, whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet in person. She is a fabulous, dedicated dog trainer that goes above and beyond for both her two legged and four legged clients.

Here’s what a day in her life as a professional dog trainer typically looks like.


  • 10:00am Wake up and take the dogs out. Feed the dogs breakfast and take a shower.
  • 11:00am Check e-mails and phone calls. Call or e-mail potential clients.
  • 12:00pm Update social media and schedule next round of classes.
  • 1:00pm Take some time to relax and eat lunch.
  • 3:00pm Take personal dogs for a walk and do some training.
  • 5:00pm Head to client’s house for private session. Initial consults are 90 minutes while follow up sessions are 60 minutes.
  • 7:00pm Feed dinner to dogs and grab dinner myself.
  • 9:00pm Take time to decompress and prepare for the following day.
On week days I generally do my private sessions in the evening. I prefer to sleep in and know that others also have day jobs that may not allow for training during the day. This gives me time to prepare myself and to do training when I’m at my best productive self which falls in the evening for me. I try to limit myself to a certain number of sessions a week to give my clients a fair amount of attention and to take time for myself. If I’m not 100% then I can’t help people in my best capacity.


(You didn’t think dog trainers took weekends off did you?)

  • 11:00am Wake up and take care of the dogs.
  • 11:30am Shower and have breakfast.
  • 12:00pm Run personal errands.
  • 3:00pm Prepare treats and items needed for class.
  • 4:00pm Teach puppy class.
  • 5:00pm Take a 30 minute break.
  • 5:30pm Teach basic obedience class.
  • 6:45pm Grab dinner and head home to feed dogs.
  • 8:00pm Check e-mails, phone and social media and touch base with clients.
Weekends are quite flexible and sometimes I’ll do a private lesson in the morning or during the day before my classes. If I don’t, then my personal errands get taken care of during this time and any class preparation I may need to make. This includes putting together welcome to class packets, printing out flyers, making graduation gifts, course planning and purchasing treats. On occasion this may also include going to the store where I teach and doing meet the trainer sessions.

About Marcella Ward

Marcella Ward uses positive reinforcement methods to help you more effectively communicate with your dog. She wants dogs and clients to enjoy working with each other and strives to increase the understanding between owner and dog. She is dedicated to continuous learning because the methods in which we teach our dogs are ever changing. There are new discoveries being made regularly and she strives to keep up with and use those methods to create a positive, happy learning environment for you and your dog. Dogs Speak Dog Training is located in the Houston, Texas area. Find more information at http://dogsspeakdogtraining.weebly.com/

(All photos were provided and authorized for use by Marcella Ward.)

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