Bees who work with animals, tell me about your job

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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  • Wedding: October 2010

@Bridey77:  I was an animal trainer at Six Flags for an animal show. We had domestic animals- cats, dogs, mini horse, pot belly pig, tropical birds, ducks, pigeons and rats. 

Working with the animals was fun. But the people were nuts– like co-worker took meth on the weekends, other co-worker was trying to find his stripper wife so he could divorce her and the boss wanted to have meetings in his hot tub. And the pay was horrible!!! And it was not fun working 7 days a week sometimes (have to feed and clean everyday), especially when it was super cold outside. 

But I learned a lot about how to work with animals and motivate them. Surprisingly, I’ve used a lot of what I learned there in dealing with kids (I was  MS teacher for awhile) and with DH. 

Post # 6
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I worked as a grooming assistant for a while and I HATED it. It was awful for me, but it really depends on your personality. “

 

I am a perfectionist. I couldn’t get the dogs 100% dry and the dogs were not cooperative, so overall I didn’t feel successful at work. I was frustrated to the point of tears a lot. It really just was not a good job for me. That said, I know a girl who did grooming for petco, and she LOVED it. I think that if you have a personality where you can do what you can do and then let it go, you might enjoy grooming.

 

I don’t mean to be discouraging, but from what I’ve gathered from groomers i;ve spoken to, it might be better to keep it a hobby rather than a full-time job. It gets monotonous– the same breeds come in for the same haircuts every six weeks. It’s not like human hairstyling, where you get people asking for new/interesting things often. 

 

Post # 7
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@Bridey77:  Saw an ad in the newspaper, no special training needed. But the pay was horrible. The guy promised me $1000/month. But ended up paying me only $900. (In today’s dollars that would be about $1300 which works out to be about $8/hour if it was only a 40 hour/week job) You have to get there super early to feed and clean the animals, then you are there all day doing shows. Then you have to put all the animals back. So it ended up being 11-12 hour days. I was so over the crazy hours, low pay and seriously crazy co-workers. 

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