Earn Your Dog Trainer Certification by Attending Animal Behaviour College!
What’s involved in becoming a Certified Dog Trainer?
Achieve your dreams of becoming a professional dog trainer in as little as a year! Attending a professional dog trainer school is an outstanding way of turning your passion for animals into a tangible vocation. Dog trainers make a living helping pets and the people who love them. Some ABC certified dog trainers start their own companies. Others work for established dog trainers, rescues, pet stores, shelters and more.
As one of the premier dog training schools in North America, we can offer you the academic background you will require. Couple that with practical methods, and real-world hands-on experience with a professional dog trainer near you, and you can see why our dog obedience trainer program has students and graduates all across Canada.
To start on your journey to becoming a professional dog trainer, please call us at 1-800-795-3294 or submit the completed form to request more information.
Check Out Our LIMA Compliant Dog Trainer School Program!
LIMA stands for least invasive, minimally aversive training methods. LIMA is at the foundation of what we teach. In this we are not alone as dog trainer organizations like the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) also support this philosophy. When we upgraded our program in 2019, it included over 300 additional pages of materials along with additional training videos. Our enhanced curriculum was created to help us in providing all of our dog trainer students with an even better educational experience. Additionally, our new dog trainer program added materials on how to conduct and market remote dog training sessions, and how to market yourself with conventional marketing methods and tools in addition to digital marketing. This includes but is not limited to social media, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), pay per click (PPC) strategies and much more. Take a quick look at our new curriculum here.
Our Professional Dog Trainer Staff
Rather than offering hundreds of programs ranging on topics as varied as Accounting through Zamboni Repair, Animal Behaviour College offers animal related courses administered by working professionals with actual experience in the programs they help teach. This means not only was our Dog Obedience Trainer Program written by professional dog trainers, but your program manager will have professional dog training experience. We don’t just teach the walk, we walk the walk.
Curriculum – What Will You Learn?
Our Dog Obedience Instructor Training course is 11 stages long. The course covers a variety of topics including but not limited to; dog breed, behavioural developmental periods, nutrition, anatomy, learning theory, training tools and how to use them, dog training fundamentals, business principles and more. Special focus is given to practical applications so that students don’t just learn theory without understanding specific ways in which to apply it in the real world. Additionally, all students in this program will be required to satisfactorily complete a hands-on portion, where they are placed with a professional dog trainer.
Here are the 11 stages that every graduate completes:
- Stage 1 – A Basic Study of Canines
- Stage 2 – Learning Theory
- Stage 3 – A Trainer’s Toolbox
- Stage 4 – Training Fundamentals
- Stage 5 – How to Teach Basic Obedience Cues
- Stage 6 – Learning the Art of Effective Problem Solving
- Stage 7 – Safety
- Stage 8 – Public Speaking & Teaching Group Classes
- Stage 9 – Business Building
- Stage 10 – Externship, Shelter Practicum and Pet CPR & First Aid Certificate
- Stage 11 – Final Exam & Graduation
Affordable Tuition - Cost & Financing Options
The cost of our dog trainer program varies between $3,699 CAD to $6,369.50 CAD. Price differences will depend on which payment plan you elect. All prices include textbooks, externship, and first aid program. Please speak with an ABC Admissions Specialist for assistance at 1-800-795-3294 to discuss eligibility requirements and payment arrangements customized to fit your needs.
|Payment Arrangements ($75.00 CAD application fee included below)|
|You Pay||You Save||When you||Payment Method|
|Pay in full by the enrollment deadline – Call us at 800-795-3294 to get the enrollment deadline||Credit card, money order or check|
|$3,885.00 CAD||$2,484.50 CAD||Pay a $2,000.00 CAD initial deposit and pay 5 successive payments of $377.00 CAD||Credit card, money order or check|
|$4,010.00 CAD||$2,359.50 CAD||Pay a $1,395.00 CAD initial deposit and pay 5 successive payments of $523.00 CAD||Credit card, money order or check|
|$4,128.00 CAD||$2,241.50 CAD||Pay a $999.00 CAD initial deposit and pay 12 monthly payments of $260.75 CAD||Credit card, money order, check|
|$6,369.50 CAD||–||Pay through a third-party administrator and includes all necessary reporting, invoicing and additional paperwork||Varies|
Dog Trainer Program Mentor Locations Near You
Why Hands-On Experience is Crucial
Learning to become a professional dog trainer is all about balance. Programs that only teach theory might result in you having a good understanding of behavioural concepts without knowing how to practically apply them. Programs that only offer practical experience without teaching students a proper behavioural theory can result in your not understanding how to best use your experience. The ABC program has both practical and academic components which is why it has been so successful for over two decades.
We have thousands of mentor trainers all across North America. This program is available in every Canadian province. We have over 18,240 graduates from this program . Click here to visit our locations page or call 1-800-795-3294 and speak with an admissions counsellor directly.
Study in Your Home and Help Dogs in Your Neighbourhood
The ABC Dog Obedience Trainer Program combines the flexibility of an on-line course with the efficacy of a hands-on program. This course is designed for working adults and all those who as a result of busy lives, don’t wish to take a traditional brick and mortar program. We have fantastic Program Managers (PMs) to assist you during your course of study. These PMs are all working professional dog trainers which is a valuable plus when taking a program of this type.
Dog Obedience Trainer Program Synopsis - What are you waiting for?
- Decide if you want to invest time and resources in a career working with animals.
- Enrol in and take the academic portion of our dog trainer program.
- Take and master our Pet CPR and First Aid certification.
- Work with a selected ABC dog trainer mentor.
- Pass final examination.
- Become an ABCDT (ABC Certified Dog Trainer).
- Help dogs and the people who love them to have better lives with each other.
Launch your career in as little as 12 months!