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School for Dog Trainers

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More Than An Education … A Career

The National K-9 School for Dog Trainers provides students with more than a basic education; students are offered the knowledge and skills required for professional dog training. The broad scope of National K-9’s curriculum immediately prepares students to begin a full-time or part-time career training dogs upon completion of our courses.

Professional dog training is a profitable and satisfying occupation whether as a main career or as a second income. Our three-week Obedience Behavior Course specializes in teaching students obedience training, behavioral counseling, puppy development, and customer relations with dog owners. Whereas, the six-week Master Trainer Course continues by covering the advanced aspects of today’s professional dog trainer; including retrieval, owner protection, assistance dog training, tracking/trailing, scent detection, and basic police K-9. The Master Trainer Course also provides students with information on dog care, kennel management, and insight into establishing a successful small business practice.

Over ninety percent of our students take the six-week Master Trainer Course; however, if you are not able to attend school for six consecutive weeks, you can begin with the three-week Obedience Behavior Course and complete the remainder of the Master Trainer Course at a later date. We recommend you take the six-week course if you intend to make dog training a full-time career.

The National K-9 School for Dog Trainers is regulated and approved by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools. This state board ensures compliance set by Ohio law and grants schools the authority to issue certifications. Upon completion of a National K-9 course, graduates are authorized by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to use the title Certified Professional Trainer or letters CPT after their name.

Our Philosophy

The National K-9 School for Dog Trainers was founded to educate those who have a genuine concern for dogs and their families. In addition, National K-9 prepares individuals for successful careers in dog training and canine behavior modification. Our experienced instructors instill their high standards of dog training skills and knowledge to students who possess a genuine interest in the improvement of the mental and physical well being of dogs, their families, and communities. All subject matter offered, both in the classroom and in practical application, is conducive to the success of our graduates.

National K-9 is dedicated to advancing the field and profession of dog training. We encourage each student to approach dog training as you would any other educational endeavor. If you start by having preconceived notions about dogs and dog training, there is a possibility that you will not be able to broaden your knowledge base.

At National K-9, we believe that fair and effective communication is the key to improving and enhancing the relationship between dogs and people. We also believe that the education of each dog and person must be approached on an individual basis. Each dog’s training should be based on the dog’s individual personality, past and present behavior, aptitude for learning, and the goals of the owner. At National K-9 we teach our students the importance of evaluating each individual dog and situation in order to formulate an effective training approach. We then address the varied approaches and methods to training dogs, which allow our graduates to have the ability to modify their approach in various situations. Professional dog trainers have a responsibility to understand that not every dog can fit into a singular “method” of training. In addition, students learn the customer relation skills necessary to successfully counsel and instruct dog owners about behavior and proper handling skills.

At National K-9 we have spent our lives working with dogs and educating their owners. Training people who are interested in this rewarding career has become our primary goal.

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