Pursue Dog Obedience Instructor Training

The Dog Obedience Trainer program is a great fit for animal lovers who want to become dog trainers, professionals already working in the animal or veterinary field, or pet owners who want to learn how to better train their own dogs. You can pursue this rewarding career path with online classes — learning when and where you want, at the pace you want.

Why Become a Dog Obedience Instructor?

Did you know the animal care and service industry is expected to grow up to 13% by 2028?¹ With our online program, you can begin working toward joining this growing job market - all from home at a pace that's right for you. As a dog obedience trainer, you can prepare to work for a dog obedience training facility, pet store, or run your own dog and puppy classes.
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Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
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While you can study at home, you're not alone! Our dedicated Student Services Department, Student Community, and instructors are just a call or email away.
Curriculum for Success
Curriculum for Success
Get the skills and knowledge you need to help you prepare for a career as a dog trainer or to improve your dog obedience training skills.​
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Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
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With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
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Connect in real-time with other Dog Trainer students in the Penn Foster Community.
Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and informative videos to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.

Dog Obedience Instructor Course Details

In the Penn Foster College Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor online training program, you'll cover topics such as canine biology and behavior, proper equipment and voice commands for different breeds as outlined by the American Kennel Club, communicating with dog owners, projects on the business of dog training, nutrition and anatomy, and more to help you succeed as a dog trainer. Course content can help students gain the knowledge and skills to take the first step towards a job as a dog trainer and learn how to start their own dog training business.
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Dog Training Tuition

With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your Dog Trainer course online today.
My program was intense, detailed, and the course covered so much information about dogs, dog training, marketing yourself, etc. I felt confident upon completion.
Mary S.
Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Graduate
Dog Obedience Instructor Student


Q. Can I make a career out of dog training?

A. It’s entirely possible to make a career out of dog training, whether you start your own training business or work for a pet store or dog training facility. With more and more people considering their furry friends to be close members of the family, their pet’s health and wellness is a priority. For dog owners, ensuring that their pup is trained and doesn’t show bad behavior is a vital part of raising a happy animal.

Q. Are dog trainers in demand?

A. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 13% increase in available jobs in dog training by 2028.¹ That means there’s no better time than now to start preparing for a career as a dog trainer.

Q. What does being dog training involve?

A. Dog training courses cover essential topics such as how dogs learn, conditioning, housetraining and more. Through understanding the personality and social behavior of these animals, trainers are able to effectively plan out progressive training programs for clients.

Q. How long does it take to earn the Penn Foster College Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor diploma?

A.Xổ số Beining Penn Foster's self-paced, online Dog Obedience Trainer course can be completed in as little as six months or less.

Q. Will taking this course help me train my dog?

A. The course is designed to prepare students to train all manners of dogs, as well as to understand the different veterinary issues, behavioral problems, or training methods that work best with specific breeds. The Penn Foster Dog Obedience course can prepare you to train your own dog, though skills learned in the program may not be applicable to training other household pets.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Animal Care and Service Workers, on the Internet (visited June 15, 2020). Statistics found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are based on national data, so job growth in your area may be different.