Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma

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If you have considered learning the skills needed to train dogs, Penn Foster Career School's Dog Obedience Trainer and Instructor Career Diploma program may be right for you. Read on to learn more about the Dog Obedience Trainer and Instructor Career Diploma program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Penn Foster Career School's Dog Obedience Trainer and Instructor Career Diploma program is designed to teach you about housetraining dogs, dog behavior and communication, hunting training, basic veterinary issues, and how to address behavioral problems with dogs. The diploma program is flexible and allows you the ability to work at a self-directed pace. You also have the ability to contact your instructors by phone or by email to address any issues with coursework assignments. Additional topics covered in the curriculum include how a dog uses its senses, competition obedience, and crate training.

What are the Prerequisites?

If you apply to Penn Foster's Dog Obedience and Instructor Career Diploma program, you should have strong communication skills and enjoy the company of dogs. Applicants to Penn Foster Career School's programs should be at least 18 years old.

What are the Course Requirements?

Penn Foster's Dog Obedience Trainer and Instructor Career Diploma program is divided into 11 instruction sets. Some instruction sets include DVDs to watch material and may also include a graded project.

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Instruction Set Lessons
Instruction Set 1 Learning Strategies
Introduction to the Dog Training Profession
Instruction Set 2 Sensory Abilities of the Dog
Social Behavior and Communication
Instruction Set 3 How Dogs Learn
Conditioning
Applied Dog Behavior
Instruction Set 4 Testing and Selection of Dogs
Housetraining and Crate Training
Dog Selection
Instruction Set 5 Canine Equipment
Commands
Instruction Set 6 Puppies // Teaching Tricks
Training Through Play
Instruction Set 7 Behavior Problems
Basic Veterinary Issues
Behavioral Analysis (Graded Project)
Instruction Set 8 Dog Breeds
Competition Obedience
Instruction Set 9 Hunting Training
Assistance Dogs
Instruction Set 10 Agility Training
Search and Rescue Training
Recreational Activities with Dogs
Agility Handling and Courses (Graded Project)
Instructional Set 11 The Dog Training Business, Parts 1 and 2
Creating a Business Plan (Graded Project)

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

When you have finished Penn Foster's Dog Obedience Trainer and Instructor Career Diploma program, you have the opportunity to pursue a career as a dog obedience trainer with an established training agency. Conversely, you could also consider opening your own dog training business.

Advanced Degrees

Once you have completed Penn Foster's Dog Obedience Trainer and Instructor Career Diploma program, you have an opportunity to pursue an associate's degree in the field. An associate's degree in animal training and management may include courses such as wildlife education, animal behavior, animal training, animal care and handling, and wildlife conservation. Many of these courses allow students to gain hands-on experience in a controlled, laboratory setting. Some possible degrees may include:

  • Associate of Science in Animal Management
  • Associate of Science in Animal Training and Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology
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