National K-9 graduates have established successful training careers throughout the United States and more than 45 different foreign countries. Graduates have been provided with an education to allow them to pursue careers as Certified Professional Trainers (CPT). The National K-9 School for Dog Trainers has the authority to issue certifications as a professional school approved by The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools.
While many of our graduates opt to go into business for themselves, others pursue employment at an established training center, veterinarian, or boarding facility. Other graduates pursue specialized interests in training dogs for service, industry, therapy, sport, and even entertainment.
At National K-9 we believe strongly that a dog trainer’s education is ongoing. We encourage our graduates to continue their education whether it is through continued independent study of dogs, joining professional organizations, studying with other dog professional, attending seminars/workshops/conferences and much more. All of our graduates have the opportunity to receive ongoing assistance from the staff and instructors at National K-9 by phone or email. The School for Dog Trainers also offers graduate workshops. These workshops provide graduates with an opportunity to expand upon their knowledge and receive additional real life instruction. In addition to the instruction graduates receive from our staff, they have an opportunity to learn from other graduates.
Upon completion of a National K-9 course, graduates become active members of the National K-9 Dog Trainers Association. The National K-9 Dog Trainers Association (NK9DTA) is a professional organization formed to promote and maintain the highest ethical and business standards in the care and training of dogs and their owners. The NK9DTA’s mission is to provide support, continuing education opportunities, communication amongst members, and representation for all members in good standing. This association membership creates a professional image and members’ business information is listed on the website’s trainer locator. Graduates are also able to establish communication and receive continued support from other graduate members via a group email list and much more.