Training greyhounds can be an extremely rewarding career both financially and in terms of personal satisfaction. However, before deciding to become a greyhound trainer, it is important to realise exactly what is involved.
The benefits include the enjoyment of working with animals, being your own boss, the social aspects of racing and spending a lot of time outdoors.
On the flipside, however, is that it is a seven-days-a-week commitment, the hours are long and it involves a lot of travel and sometimes an irregular income.
If you are thinking about becoming a trainer, you will need to make sure that you comply with any local council requirements in regards to land use and dog numbers, and you will need to have a suitable kennel set up. GRV uses the ‘Code of Practice for the Operation of Greyhound Establishments’ as its minimum standards, regardless of the size of your operation.
Most trainers prefer to have the facilities and space to exercise their greyhounds at home – purpose built long runs or an exercise paddock. If you do not have the space or land to do this, you can still be a successful trainer, but you will need to transport your greyhounds to facilities such as the variety of ‘slipping tracks’ located around Victoria to make sure your greyhounds are fit and have adequate galloping exercise.
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Types Of Greyhound Trainers:
Currently there are two different Trainer’s Qualifications available to you: Owner Trainer or Public Trainer
To train greyhounds exclusively for yourself, you must complete the ‘Level 2 – Owner Trainer’ module with Greyhound Racing Victoria, while to train greyhounds for other people it is a requirement to complete the ‘Level 3 – Public Trainer’ module with GRV.
Confirming your ultimate decision to become a trainer will require some research. We recommend that prior to making any decisions on greyhound training, you familiarise yourself with the information contained in the Trainer’s Information Booklets 1, 2, and 3 along with the greyhound racing rule book and grading guidelines.
If you are not sure if you want to be a trainer but would like to increase your involvement in the sport, you may want to consider becoming an Attendant (someone who handles a greyhound at race meetings for another Trainer).
When deciding to become a greyhound trainer you will enter into an industry that is passionate about the sport of greyhound racing and even more passionate about the elite animal itself. The process involved in becoming a greyhound trainer, while being relatively simple, is designed to ensure that the people entering our industry are doing so with the right intentions and have the welfare of the greyhound at heart at all times.
If you would like to become a Trainer, you will need to set up a Fast Track Account (if you do not already have one), and click on the ‘Apply to Participate’ tab.
Should you have any queries about the registration application process for a Trainer, please contact Member Services on (03) 8329 1100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org