FAQs

FAQs

Will I have the knowledge to start my own business?
Yes

Because dog training is such a specialized field, the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers teaches much more than sound fundamentals of dog training and behavior. We offer a basic business program, which stresses the skills necessary for public relations and the basic structure of a successful dog training business.

Graduates that choose not to work for another dog training company or do not have the capital to open their own training center begin by going into people’s homes to work with the dog and the owner. National K-9 will teach you how to go about starting your own business. Some of our graduate students prefer this low overhead, in home training to any other set-up. Others prefer to continue further and establish their own training studio or center.

Will I be taught customer relations?

We at National K-9 feel it takes much more than the ability to train dogs to be a great success. Since 1975 we have been developing techniques to better educate and counsel dog owners. This is crucial in preventing misunderstandings and friction between dog owners and dog trainers. Teaching such techniques as customer evaluation and customer instruction is an integral part of our curriculum.

One of the main reasons professional, knowledgeable dog trainers are in such demand today, is because the average dog owner does not have the ability to remedy behavior related issues and problems. This is usually the first time most dog owners seek professional help. At National K-9, your education would not be complete without this form of instruction. National K-9 courses reveal the contributing causes that lead to behavior problems and discuss how to prevent behavior problems before they begin. Our courses will also explore the possible remedies and solutions to prevent and solve behavior problems once they have been established. In addition, students will learn about practical application of obedience training and theory to assist with behavior modification.

Will I have the knowledge to solve dog’s bad habits?

One of the main reasons professional, knowledgeable dog trainers are in such demand today, is because the average dog owner does not have the ability to remedy behavior related issues and problems. This is usually the first time most dog owners seek professional help. At National K-9, your education would not be complete without this form of instruction. National K-9 courses reveal the contributing causes that lead to behavior problems and discuss how to prevent behavior problems before they begin. Our courses will also explore the possible remedies and solutions to prevent and solve behavior problems once they have been established. In addition, students will learn about practical application of obedience training and theory to assist with behavior modification.

What methods are taught at the school?

National K-9 is a school that 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 dog training, there is a possibility that you will not be able to broaden your knowledge base.

At National K-9 we do not encourage a single “method” or training “tool”.  Our function is to educate individuals on the theory and proper use of as many training tools or methods as we possibly can.  Training tools in and of themselves are not good or bad.  It is how they are used that makes them effective in training or harmful to dogs.  We have graduates that practice their trade using a multitude of different tools and methods. These graduates in turn have successful business practices and very satisfied clients.

We try to instill in all our graduates the ability to evaluate each individual situation and then choose the appropriate or best-suited approach for that dog and situation. Each dog is an individual and must be approached in that way.  Professional dog trainers should make determinations of how to approach training or modify behavior based on the dog’s personality, social development, past and present behavior, aptitude for learning, and the dog owner’s goals for that dog. In most situations, there is often more than one possible approach or method to assisting the owner and training an individual dog. We believe that professional trainers should not try to make dogs fit into a singular “method” of training.

National K-9’s ultimate priority is the education and care of interested students, dog owners, and their dogs.  There are thousands of dog owners now enjoying their dogs due to our various methods of instruction. Students are also taught business ethics, practical business theory, customer relations and basic advertising skills in relation to professional training.

Can I learn enough in six weeks to become a professional dog trainer?

The National K-9 School for Dog Trainers provides an educational foundation to successfully pursue a career in dog training.  At National K-9, our program of instruction is extremely intensive. We also encourage students to spend additional hours studying, practicing and perfecting their techniques through independent study. All studies at National K-9 relate directly to professional dog training. Graduates of our school agree that they must work hard to cover all phases of training and are eager at the end of six weeks to go out and apply what they have learned.

National K-9 students are taught that a dog trainer’s education is ongoing.  Graduates are encouraged to continue their education whether it is through continued independent study of dogs, joining professional organizations, studying with other professional trainers, attending seminars/workshops/conferences and much more. National K-9’s course provides graduates with information on how to continue their professional development.

Is National K-9 a recognized school?
Yes

National K-9 has been educating dog trainers since 1981 and is approved by The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools (reg. # 82-02-0753T). The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools monitors and regulates Ohio’s private post-secondary career colleges and schools to ensure compliance with standards set by Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3332.  As a career school, National K-9 must comply with all the rules and regulations established by the State of Ohio.

The State of Ohio recognizes both the Professional Obedience/Behavior (3-weeks) and the Master Trainer (6-weeks) Courses, thereby granting National K-9 the authority to issue professional certificates to graduates. These professional certifications allow our graduates to use the title of Certified Professional Trainer (CPT). These certificates are accepted throughout the United States and around the world.

Are there jobs within the field of dog training available and how will I find them?
Yes

There are jobs available for qualified and dedicated individuals. Although most of our graduates decide to go into business for themselves, National K-9 does provide a listing of jobs available to our graduates. These job listings come to us from businesses around the United States and the world. Interested students will receive counseling to help them in establishing their goals and pursuing their career interests. Graduates of our courses that are members of the National K-9 Dog Trainers’ Association (www.nk9dta.com) will also receive updates on new employment opportunities.

Is a career in dog training for everyone?

It takes more than just a love of dogs to become a dog trainer. The professional dog trainer must be able to communicate with the dog owner to teach proper owner handling and problem solving.

To train dogs of all sizes and personalities, men and women must also be in good general health and physically capable to work with dogs of various sizes and temperaments. If you have questions regarding the physical requirements of a professional dog trainer, please contact one of our instructors for more information.

The National K-9 School for Dog Trainers prepares students to handle and educate dog owners through classroom instruction and proper customer relation skills. In short, if you enjoy dogs, feel you can communicate with the owners, and are in good general health, then a career in dog training could be for you.

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