How to Become a Dog Trainer

Get hands-on experience assisting classes or volunteering at shelters and rescues to work with diverse dogs.

Gain Experience  

Many options exist for courses and certificates at vocational colleges, individual programs, or online.

Dog Trainer Program

Obtain certification from Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers or other respected organization.

Earn Certification

Consider a niche like service dog training, aggression treatment, competition training, puppy classes, etc.


Obtain necessary business licenses, permits, insurance for your city and training services.

Get Business Licensed

Market through ads, social media, networking with vets, pet stores, breeders, shelters, web presence. 

Find Clients  

Read books, attend seminars and conferences to keep improving knowledge and skills throughout your career.

Continue Learning  

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