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Become a certified professional dog trainer
online through flexible learning from the comfort
of your own home

Get the education, practical skills and hands-on experience
in an online, self-paced and structured learning environment. Become a dog trainer online to start your dream career.


Learn practical skills under personalized mentorship by certified trainers


Earn a nationally recognized credential (APC-PDT)


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The online dog training school that’s just like in-person

The online dog training school at The Academy of Pet Careers has been developed as part of our core mission to make high-
quality pet education flexible, affordable and easily accessible for everyone. After the big success of our in-person programs and
the countless success stories of our students launching their professional pet careers, we’ve received interest for an online dog
training program from people across the country.


Online and self-paced but with structure and accountability


Personalized attention from certified instructors


Ongoing support through our alumni group and exclusive access to resources you can use after graduation


Learn through reward-based, force-free methodology of training


Dedicated job support and access to the APC Preferred Hiring Partners


I highly recommend studying professional training at the Academy of Pet Careers! It is a lot
of hands-on which is very helpful. The teachers and staff are so amazing and you can
almost pretty much make your own schedule. You can go to school and still have a job and
the staff is very understanding about your goals.”

vet assistant program graduate Katarina

Katarina Ziegler


How the APC dog training school prepares
you to become a dog trainer online

Once you’ve enrolled in the program, all you need to get started is a computer/phone, internet, and a dog
to practice on. The program is entirely flexible and self-paced, but we will be there to hold your hand
and help you graduate in 12 months or less.


Training Toolkit

We deliver to your home everything you need to complete our program and become a professional dog trainer. Your Training Toolkit consists of the following items:

  • Clicker

  • Treat Pouch

  • Biothane Leash

  • 30 ft. Long Line

  • Slip Lead

  • Dumbbell

  • Squeak and Tug Toys

  • Harness and Leash

  • Portable Water Bowl

  • APC Swag

  • Portable Phone Stand

  • And much more!

Dedicated Instructors & Assessments

You have access to a dedicated training instructor from day one of your program. You can reach your instructor via direct message or schedule a one-on-one zoom call at any time to answer your questions or troubleshoot your training skills.

Throughout your program your knowledge and skills are being assessed, and to move on you’ll have to meet our minimum requirements. You complete a series of knowledge checks and multiple-choice quizzes, as well as live or recorded practical skills tests.

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5-Day Live Workshop

Most students will graduate their program with the help of their dedicated instructor and virtual support, but for those students looking for a little more hands-on approach, we've included 5 days of live, in-person instruction at the APC headquarters in the greater St. Louis, MO area.

Whether you are hitting a training roadblock in the middle of your program or would like a little more hands-on experience before starting your new career, this workshop can help you succeed. All workshops are personalized to each student and run in tandem with regular in-person training classes. Select the skills you need most help with and join the pack of students all looking to become professional dog trainers.  

Community Engagement & Student Support

Our program is built on a community platform so you share the experience with other students attending the same program. Discussion forums, polls, and shared content are just a few ways you will be able to interact and engage with the community.


100% Money-back guarantee

Our money back guarantee is also known as our “drop window”. It is a 14 calendar-day period at the beginning of their program, that allows students to be sure that they have picked out the perfect program for them.

We are so sure that you will be happy with your schooling that we offer a “Money Back Guarantee” to ensure your satisfaction. If for any reason you wish to discontinue your attendance at The Academy of Pet Careers, a refund will be issued with no questions asked.

What our certified graduates say
about their training at The Academy of Pet Careers


It is great to get hands on experience learning how to teach the dogs in a positive way. It is nice with both teachers dividing their attention answering any questions we have and getting help for highly experienced professionals. I recommend this school to everyone who is interested in learning how to train dogs.


Ellie Buntenbach


I graduated from Training, Grooming, and PEP.
I use the skills I learned at APC every single day.
The training portion of the school is well worth the money. The instructors (Rob & Susanne) are the best kind of people. They are patient and kind and make sure you truly understand how to train, the process of how they learn, different techniques, etc. The grooming portion is good too. I have my own successful business now, and part of that is because of APC. If you are considering a career in this field this is a good place to see if training or grooming is your passion. I sure found mine! Also, administrative people are great! Very helpful and made everything as easy as possible. I made a lot of friends here, and it has opened a lot of doors for me, and my business
Medlin Pet Company.


Taylor Rose Medlin


During my time at The Acadmey of Pet Careers,
I had the opportunity to work hands on with dogs and learn how to communicate with pet parents. Working hands on with different breeds, ages and behavior types allows you to learn how to train all dogs and gain invaluable experience. I would highly recommend this school to anyone interested in dog training, dog behavior or working with animals.


Toni Alaimo

Pet companies that hire our students


Wages and employment outlook for dog trainers

In recent years, dog trainers have seen increasing demand for their services. This career path provides
several perks, such as flexible hours, options for specialization and, if desired, the ability to be your own boss.


Active dog trainer job postings


Average dog trainer salary
(US Bureau of Labor Stats)


Projected job growth by 2030
(US Bureau of Labor Stats)

This certification gives you the skills and industry
experience to excel in a dog training career

Part 1: Theory

  • The World of Dog Training
  • Basic Study of Canines
  • Canine Communication and Body Language
  • Learning Theory
  • Canine Enrichment
  • Pet Safety and Handling

Part 2: Practical Skills

  • A Trainer’s Toolkit
  • Training Fundamentals
  • Skills and Manners
  • Developing a Training Plan
  • Solving Common Unwanted Behaviors
  • Client Interaction
  • Teaching Skills and Manners

Teach the following

  • Focus
  • Find It
  • Leave It
  • Touch/Target
  • Sit (multiple positions)
  • Down (multiple positions)
  • Stand (multiple positions)
  • Stay (multiple positions)
  • Recall/Come
  • Loose-Leash Walking
  • Auto-Sit
  • Station/Place
  • Drop/Give
  • Door Manners
  • Stair Manners
  • Basic Tricks
  • Polite Greetings
  • Dog-on-Dog Introductions
  • Acclimation to a Muzzle

Fix the following behaviors

  • Hyperactivity & Unruliness
  • Counter Surfing
  • Biting/Nipping
  • Excessive Barking
  • Jumping on People
  • Climbing on Furniture
  • Chewing
  • Begging
  • Digging
  • Door Dashing
  • Potty Training
  • Stool Eating (Coprophagia)
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Resource Guarding
  • Aggression Towards People/Dogs

What are the benefits of an online dog training program compared to an in-person one?


You get to learn at your own schedule, making the program self-paced and easy to fit in your schedule.


You get access to resources and a community after graduation.


It’s more affordable. An online dog training program is the perfect way to start your journey to a career as a dog trainer without the pressure of breaking the bank.


With instructors properly trained for remote lessons, it can be as fun and as engaging as an in-person program.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a handful of payment options to suit each student’s unique needs. Students who wish to pay up front will receive a discount of 20%. Students who desire to spread their payments out may apply for a TFC Tuition Loan. TFC Loans range from 12 months to 24 months, with payment as low as $230 per month. To apply for a TFC loan, you must fill out our TFC Loan Application. Click the link for more specific details.

Students are given 12 months to complete their program. On average, it is expected that students will dedicate 10 hours per week to their program. Contributing more time to the program will allow some students to graduate early, so long as they complete all the program objectives.

Our online programs are open enrollment so as soon as you are ready to sign up, you can get started by filling out our Online Program Application. Once received and eligibility is confirmed, you will be contacted by one of our admissions specialists to review payment options and help you navigate the enrollment documents.

Throughout your program you will have a dedicated instructor, but our entire team will be here to support your educational goals. For specific questions about course content and progress, you will communicate directly with your instructor via direct message in the school portal. If it is something that can’t be answered via email, your instructor will schedule a private zoom call to help answer your questions. 

Our instructors are available Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm CST and will respond at their earliest convenience. 

Because our program is built around a community platform, you will also have the option of seeking out immediate answers in the discussion forums. These discussions are open to all students in the same program and questions may be answered by fellow students or any of our qualified training instructors.

Our money back guarantee is known as our “Drop Window”. The drop window allows you to do a sniff test of the program to make sure it’s the right fit for you. If by the end of the Chapter One you wish to drop out of the program, a full refund will be issued with no questions asked. The only things not included in the refund are your deposit and application fee.

In order to enroll in one of our online programs, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Must have access to a computer or phone with stable internet.
  • Must have basic computer skills.
  • Must have a mobile device that can record videos.
  • Must be able to communicate and read in English.
  • Must have access to a friendly, untrained dog that meets our Minimum Requirements.
  • Must satisfy our Physical Requirements Guidelines.
  • Must live in one of the eligible states. 

Our programs are eligible for all 50 states of the US. Proof of residency will be required in the form of a State ID or official property bill/utility bill with the name of the student on it.

We understand that all dogs are unique and there is no perfect breed for dog training. With that said, there are some basic guidelines that should be considered before signing up for this program. Please review our Qualifying Your Dog Checklist and if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

When you sign up for any of our programs, you are issued a Professional Toolkit. This kit will have all the tools needed to succeed as a professional dog trainer. To see what’s included in the Professional Trainer toolkit, click here.

We believe that our job doesn’t stop once you complete school. We are here to support you in your new career, by offering job placement assistance. Upon request, our dedicated team can help you seek out a new job by searching current job postings, reaching out to contacts in your area, or if needed, calling up businesses on your behalf to see if they are hiring. We also help with resumé writing and interview prep. 

The APC also has Preferred Hiring Partners across the US. To see if there are any hiring partners in your area check out our Preferred Hiring Partners directory.

VA education benefits are only eligible for approved in-person programs and may not be used with any APC online program. Learn more about how you or your family can use VA Education Benefits to attend the APC. 

The first step to your new career is filling out our Online Program Application. Once received and eligibility is confirmed, you will be contacted by one of our admissions specialists to review payment options and help you navigate the enrollment documents.

Get the education, practical skills and hands-on
experience to become a dog trainer online.


Completely online, self-paced & flexible


Personalized mentorship by certified trainers


Curriculum customized for remote learning


Networking & community


Nationally recognized credential (APC-PDT)


Complete training toolkit


Positive reinforcement methodology


Live-virtual classes


Regular Price


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$4,400 20% off

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Loan Options

$400 Down

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