Become A Certified Dog Trainer Today!

The professional dog training school at The Academy of Pet Careers offers a range of dog training certifications for every level. Depending on your dog training career goals, we have courses to educate you on basic obedience to get your foot in the door, or advanced techniques that will set you apart from your competition.

Our focus is different than most dog training schools. We are not only here to help you become a dog trainer, but to show you the path to finding your ‘fur-ever’ career. Our courses are designed around your unique career goals. Whether you wish to work for someone else, start your own pet business, or specialize in a specific skill, we have an option for you.

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Professional Dog Trainer Certification

The core of our pet training courses, our Professional Dog Trainer Certification gives students the knowledge and skillset to excel as a pet trainer. Unlike specialized trainer, pet trainers are more focused on how to improve the lives of pets through obedience and behavior modification. This dog trainer course is essential for anyone looking to become a professional dog trainer and have a stable income upon graduation.

Service Dog Training

Lead by the founder of the American Service Dog Association, this certification teaches students how to train service dogs specializing in mobility and therapy. Dogs will learn skills such as retrieving objects, opening and closing doors, pressing buttons, and throwing objects in the trash. Unlike most service dog training schools, our instructors work in the service dog business and can help students start a successful pet business in this niche industry.

Scent Detection / Narcotic Detection

Most scent dog training schools focus on narcotic scent detection. Scent work is a skill that can apply to so much more. Our scent work course teaches students the foundation and skills needed to teach a dog how to detect any scent. This foundation can be applied to detection in narcotics, rodents, bed bugs, human search and rescue, cadaver, and many more. It is up to you to decide.

How Much Do Dog Trainers Make?

A dog trainer salary ranges in value, but on average is much higher than most pet professionals.  In the pet industry, there are very few actual professions. If you become a dog trainer, you will be in the top percentage of pet professionals, up there with veterinarians and groomers.  Similar to pet groomers and vet techs, dog trainers can make a significant wage. It varies nationally but many dog trainers are making $15 and up.

The true potential of dog trainers comes from their ability to lead or run their own business. Leadership positions in the pet industry can pay anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000, depending on your role and the success of the business. Those trainers who choose to start their own pet business can make even more!

Why Attend A Dog Training School?

We know there are many options out there for dog training education. It is important for you to understand and appreciate how each option can benefit you. An online education can offer a speedy education and the convenience of learning from home. Finding a mentor is a cheap alternative to a formal education. But the most comprehensive education you can find will always be with a hands-on school.

Listed below are a few of the reasons why the best dog training courses are all hands-on:

  • They are more comprehensive than a book or online education.
  • They can be customized to you and your learning style.
  • They are organized and efficient to fast track your education.
  • You learn from professionals who know how to teach.
  • They are more fun!

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Reasons to Become a Dog Trainer

Communicating with Pets

Attending a dog training school gives you a formal education in canine communication. The biggest failure humans repeat as pet guardians is the failure to learn how animals communicate.  If humans took the time to understand animal communication, they would open doors to relationships that are priceless.  Most importantly, when people are uneducated about animal communication, the resulting helplessness causes serious frustration for both the person and the pet.

Job Versatility

When pursuing a career in pet training, the options seem endless. Dog training careers can be found in many niches of the pet care industry, from working in a kennel to helping with rescue organizations.  Often these can lead to management opportunities. Others will look to work as traditional pet trainers, training service dogs, protection dogs, narcotic dogs or dogs for other forms of scent detection, like bed bugs. A dog training school certificate only helps to strengthen your chances of landing one of these jobs.

Start Your Own Pet Business

If you desire to be your own boss, dog training may be the very best way to enter the pet care arena.  With very little up-front capital and financial risk, dog trainers have what seem to be endless options to utilize their profession earning income.

Dog Training School You Can Trust

You deserve to learn from the best. The Academy of Pet Careers offers the most comprehensive dog training certification in the area. Our education is designed to help you succeed. We want nothing more for you to graduate, get a job, and thrive in a career you will love. Our curriculum was created to make you more desirable to employers. We have done this by including many different methods and skills. Whether you wish to learn traditional training, or use more modern techniques like marker training, you will be able to excel in either arena.

Our school is lead and backed by pet professionals who have been in the industry for decades. Each one of our instructors has worked in the field or ran their own training business so you know you will get a real world educational experience. Leadership continues to own and run some of the most successful pet service businesses in the area, so you know you can trust the value of what is taught.