“I want to be a dog trainer, but where do I begin?”
Anyone can hand out business cards and start charging money to train dogs. There are no credentials or education required in the United States to become a dog trainer. Unfortunately, the general public often doesn’t realize this. Additionally, more trainers means more competition –- so knowing your stuff can really help a trainer stand out from the crowd.
The Association of Professional Dog Trainers has created this certificate course for anyone who is looking to become a dog trainer, as well as for those trainers who don’t yet know this vital information. Rather than teach you how to train a solid recall, run a group class, or address dog aggression, this course will feature the information a good dog trainer should know before doing any of that stuff -– before starting to offer services. We’ll go in-depth into the history of dog training, current training methods, dog behavior and body language, credentialing and how to approach our human clients’ behavior.
Level of Knowledge
- Anyone thinking of becoming a dog trainer
- Any dog trainer just starting out
- Any dog trainer who does not know this information
- Evaluate the evolution and behavior of wolves and the domestic dog
- Assess the advantages and disadvantages of various dog training techniques and recognize when (and when not) to apply each
- Analyze available education, membership, and credentialing resources and identify which is best for you
- Identify what it means to be qualified and skilled, as well as your own limitations and abilities
- Create a concrete course of action toward working as a dog trainer
The next session of this online certificate course begins in October 2022. Visit https://apdt.com/education/ for more information.