Dog Training School and Certification

Find out what types of schools offer programs and certificates in dog training. Continue reading for additional information on course topics and opportunities for online study. Schools offering Animal Care degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Dog training programs can last from a small number of weeks to several months. Through lecture and hands-on courses, you'll learn how to understand dog behavior, canine senses and pet communication. Upon completion of these programs, voluntary certification is available and can be beneficial in seeking employment.

Schools Community colleges, vocational schools, private training schools and professional associations offer these programs
Programs Dog Obedience, Canine Behavior and Training and Canine Training Specialist certificate programs
Certification Available from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers or the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors

What Types of Dog Training Programs Exist?

Education as a dog trainer is available through a dog obedience, canine behavior and training and canine training specialist certificate programs. A number of community colleges, vocational schools, private training schools and professional associations offer these programs. You can also find dog training courses and degrees through four-year universities. Consider this brief list of schools to find a program that's suitable for you:

  • Bergin College of Canine Studies (Penngrove, CA)
  • Penn Foster Career School (Scranton, PA)
  • Harcum College (Bryn Mawr, PA)
  • University of Washington (Seattle)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)

What Certification Options Do I Have?

Certification and member endorsement is offered through organizations such as the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers or the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, respectively. You'll need a combination of training and work experience to qualify for certification. You may need to take continuing education classes in order to renew your certification. Professional certification in the areas of assistance dog education, social/therapy dog training and service dog training, along with many others, are available to professional trainers and others who are looking to improve their skills.

What Will I Learn?

The practical content focuses on the conditioning and reinforcement methods used for training dogs. You'll also learn how to conduct assessments and correct problem behaviors. Some programs will require you to bring your dog to class for a chance to apply what you have recently learned. Your curriculum may follow the American Kennel Club obedience guidelines. Your classes may be similar to the following:

  • Basic obedience
  • Social behavior
  • Competition obedience
  • Identifying dog breeds
  • Problem behaviors
  • Conditioning
  • Clicker training
  • Bridging techniques

Can I Study Online?

Online options are available and typically offer the same courses as on-campus classes. Instead of practicing in a classroom, the hands-on training will be completed by working with your own dog. Courses are often delivered through instructional DVDs with training equipment supplied through the school. Communication with your instructors is usually available through e-mail or by phone.

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Popular Schools

  • Penn Foster

    Penn Foster responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Penn Foster:

    • Certificates

    Online Programs Available

  • Penn Foster High School

    Penn Foster High School responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Penn Foster High School:

    Online Programs Available

  • CDI College

    CDI College responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at CDI College:

    • Certificates

    Campus Locations:

    • Anywhere: Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey
  • Bergin University of Canine Studies

    Campus Locations:

    • California: Santa Rosa
  • Becker College

    Campus Locations:

    • Massachusetts: Worcester
  • Stanford University

    Campus Locations:

    • California: Stanford
  • Harvard University

    Campus Locations:

    • Massachusetts: Cambridge
  • University of Pennsylvania

    Campus Locations:

    • Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
  • Lake Land College

    Campus Locations:

    • Illinois: Mattoon
  • Duke University

    Campus Locations:

    • North Carolina: Durham