Say I wanted to make an earnest stab at shifting my career path to becoming a canine behaviorist/trainer/rehabilitator. What would my best options be for training/certification and what jobs could I expect to find afterwards?
Quick and dirty background info: I have a BBA from a well-respected (though not elite) University. Corporate life just isn't for me. However, the only college credits I have in any kind of science are a freshman level physics course.
A few years back, after a round of layoffs, I turned volunteer time at an SPCA into a four year career doing in-home pet-sitting/dog walking. I've spent countless hours caring for dogs (and other animals, obvs) of various breeds, sizes and temperaments. I've been nipped, bitten, clawed, jumped on, growled at, run away from and punched in the junk and none of it fazes me.
Doing some recent soul-searching, I truly believe I can finally find a passion and lifetime mission doing rehabilitative therapy for dogs that have been abused or neglected.
So what are my best options for certification/training? A second bachelor's degree in animal behavioral science? A program like Jean Donaldson's SFSPCA Academy for Dog Trainers
? Or just grunt it out in the lower-rankings of a local rescue org and work my way up?
And for those best options, what can I expect job-wise upon completion?
I'm aware that many folks get into this field via Law Enforcement or Military training, but at my age and given my personality, those would be really far-reaching options.