Apprenticeship Programs

     If you are reading this page, then you are curious about what it takes to be an obedience instructor or dog trainer.  This career choice can be filled with heartache, stressful situations, excitement, pride, and a feelings of accomplishment and success.  You will have good days and bad days, just like any other career choice.  The best part about this career is that you help people, and their dogs live a full, safe life.  You make it possible for people to open their arms, hearts, and homes to dogs and help them learn to live together in harmony.

Why train dogs for a living?

  • Do you want to help people?
  • Do you want to be appreciated for what you do?
  • Do you love dogs?
  • Do you want to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people?
  • Do you want to keep dogs out of shelters, and help them stay in the homes of people who will love that dog for life?
  • Do you want a flexible schedule where you can work for yourself, and be in control of your life?
  • Do you find animal behavior fascinating?

If this sounds like you, maybe dog training or obedience instruction is the career for you!

What is the difference between being an obedience instructor and a dog trainer?

     The difference between being an obedience instructor and dog trainer is that as an obedience instructor, you teach people to teach their dog basic obedience commands and minor problem solving.  As a dog trainer, you work directly hands-on with dogs, modifying their behavior and solving more involved behavior challenges. 

          To become a dog trainer, you must first learn how to teach clients how to handle and work with their dogs.  That is why the Obedience Instructor Apprenticeship Program needs to be your first stop.  You will need to learn all the commands, dog handling skills, learning theory, and teaching methods to be successful.  If you only want to teach group classes, the Obedience Instructor Apprenticeship Program is also your first stop to success.  Either way, learning to teach classes can be a real confidence booster and you will learn tools that you will need to become a successful dog trainer. 

Visit our webpage for the Obedience Instructor Apprenticeship Program.

Visit our webpage for the Dog Trainer Apprenticeship Program.