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 aspect 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 an irregular income.
It is imperative for trainers to understand that to be a successful trainer you must have regular access to a long run/s, small paddock or a straight track to exercise your greyhounds.
Types Of Greyhound Trainers:
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, 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 a hands on involvement in the sport, you may want to consider becoming an Attendant (someone who handles a greyhound at race meetings for someone else).
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.
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