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Top 10 Animal Trainers Interview Questions

Question 1 of 13
How many years experience do you have dealing with pets?
Question 2 of 13
What are common mistakes you see pet owners make while training their pets?
User-Submitted Answers
Using too much punishment instead of positive reinforcement.
They are not always nice to the animals.
Question 3 of 13
Do you own any pets? Tell me about them.
Question 4 of 13
Give me examples of ideas you've had and implemented?
User-Submitted Answers
At cougar Mountain zoo I implemented a change to feeding and shifting tigers.
Question 5 of 13
What challenges are you looking for in a position?
User-Submitted Answers
I want a job that challenges me mentally. I want to be tested on my knowledge and my abilities because that is the best way to stay sharp.
Question 6 of 13
Is this job more about the money or more about passion for you?
Question 7 of 13
What animals are your favorite to train? If dogs, what breed?
User-Submitted Answers
Horse and dogs GrmanSheperd.
Question 8 of 13
How much do you love animals?
Question 9 of 13
Tell me about an unsuccessful animal that you trained? How did it go wrong?
Question 10 of 13
What training education have you received? Did you learn everything you know on your own?

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Question 11 of 13
How would you handle an over aggressive dog?
Question 12 of 13
If an owner came to you and said my dog will not stop barking, what would be your first plans to stop this behavior?
Question 13 of 13
When have you dealt with an angry or upset pet owner? How did you handle the situation?

About Animal Trainers

August 17th, 2017

Animal trainers teach animals specific responses to specific stimuli in order to develop desired behaviors. An animal trainer can shape animal behavior for a wide variety of purposes, such as for competitions and performances (e.g. circus animals) as well as personal use (e.g. house pets). As such, an animal trainer can expect to work in a wide variety of settings, including zoos, pet stores, and veterinary clinics. The work hours can be irregular due to the around-the-clock nature of animal care. Education requirements vary depending on different factors, including the kind of animal and the type of training. It's possible to take courses at vocational schools and training institutions. Some jobs may require a bachelor's degree in animal science or biology.

The interview process will assess a number of skills and abilities, including judgment and decision-making, perceptiveness, and a strong understanding of animal behavior. An effective animal trainer must be able to read and interpret non-verbal cues in animals and shape their behavior by using conditioning techniques; the interviewer may ask questions on your methodology, and on your knowledge of educational/training theory. You may also be expected to have knowledge of safety regulations and animal rights because violations would have a negative impact on the organization. Further questions may assess your knowledge of specific animals and the way they interact with humans, their natural instincts, etc.

To prepare for the interview, think about how you can show the interviewer that you have both the skill set and the personality that's necessary to effectively train an animal. Think about times when you observed an animal's behavior and how it responded to certain stimuli. Show your competence by explaining the behavior in terms of cause and effect. Be specific about non-verbal cues to illustrate your observational skill and clarity of vision. It may also help to show that you work well in stressful environments if the animals you'll be working with are dangerous.

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