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Dolphin trainer experience?

I want to be a dolphin trainer, and I'm going to start college next year to finally pursue my dream of being a marine mammal trainer. For this year that I finish my homeschooling I wanted some hands-on experience because it really helps when you take an internship and they consider you for a job. But I live about 1 hour and a half away from the closest zoo, much less a marine park. I can't move yet, not until after college. But I don't want to drive hours away for like a one day experience volunteering at a zoo, where I'll never get to interact with anything except soap, a sponge, and things to be cleaned. We have a lot of pets, 20 in all, including exotic birds, 9 dogs, rats, etc. We don't live near an ocean, we live in northwest Louisiana. The only animals I've ever really interacted with my whole life is our dogs. I train them, teach them tricks, learn their behavior, and love them. But that can't count as experience. Should I wait until I move to Florida and cram experience in between the time I move there and before I take an internship? Ughh.. I don't know.. I'm so confused..

Asked By: Allison - 5/14/2009
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Start getting what experience you can now; your experience with pets is a good start. Animal experience now will look good on your application when you try to apply for an internship later. Keep you volunteer experience documented and if you can also get a letter of recommendation... More
Answered By: Heather H - 5/15/2009
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Personally, I would go to school first, graduate, and then consider whether or not you still want to work as a trainer. You can't exactly count your chickens before they hatch if you know what I mean... More
Answered By: snotted - 5/14/2009
 
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