Application Process

Can I visit National K-9 before making my decision to attend?

We invite all prospective students to visit National K-9 for a tour and to have an opportunity to meet with one of our instructors.   This is an excellent opportunity to see National K-9 for yourself and to have any of your questions answered. If you would like to set up a time to meet with an instructor and take a school tour, contact our school administrator at 614-864-0213 or toll free: 1-888-927-1991 to set up a tour by appointment.

Does National K-9 accept International students?

National K-9 has had students from over 40 foreign countries. All students must be able to adequately comprehend and apply the English language. This includes the ability to speak clearly and confidently when working with people. Each student must also be capable of expressing the concepts covered throughout the course in various essay exams to receive certification. International students may be subject to a phone interview to confirm their English comprehension level.

National K-9 cannot assist in obtaining a Visa to enter the United States. National K-9 is not a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school and cannot issue a Form I-20 for initial attendance. Only a SEVP-certified school can issue a Form I-20 to obtain a Student Visa. International students that have attended National K-9 in the past have received a Visitor’s Visa. This is because our courses are less than 90 days (three or six weeks).

If an International Student is unable to bring their own dog for the course, National K-9 will provide a dog at no additional charge. The student must inform National K-9 at least 45 days prior to the course start date. The dog provided will be used for all workshops and testing. The training and the care of the dog would be the student’s responsibility for the entire three or six weeks at National K-9. Students that are provided with a dog by National K-9 are required to live in the school’s residence hall to ensure that they can care for the dog. If you are an International student, do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions by email at info@nk9.com or 614-864-0213.

Are there any age requirements for the course?

At National K-9, a student must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. We are proud to point out that our graduates range in age from 18 to 69 years old. You are never too old to learn, but good health is necessary. If you have additional questions regarding the physical requirements of the course, please feel free to contact one of our instructors.

What experience must I have before starting school?

No experience is necessary. Students must not only care for animals but have a genuine interest in improving the relationship between people and dogs. National K-9 has had students that have no previous experience owning or caring for a dog. National K-9 has also had students that have had only personal experience with their own pets. Other students have had previous professional experience with dogs (veterinarians, trainers, groomers, kennel owners, breeders, and more). National K-9 does not provide advanced standing for students that have previous related experience, credit, or have attended another course or school.

What requirements must an applicant meet?

To attend National K-9, an applicant must be in good physical health and be physically capable of the rigorous demands. National K-9 reserves the right to require a doctor’s written permission prior to attendance or to decline an application for health reasons. National K-9 may require testing of an applicant’s physical abilities. If you have questions regarding the physical requirements of National K-9’s courses, please contact one of our instructors.

Applicants should also have a working knowledge of the English language (verbal and written). This includes the ability to speak clearly and confidently when working with people. Each student must also be capable of expressing the concepts covered throughout the course orally and in various written tests to receive certification. 

Individuals seeking enrollment are required to submit a “National K-9 School for Dog Trainers Application for Admittance” completed in its entirety and $75.00 application fee (in United States dollars). Applicants must also provide proof of a high school diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.) to be accepted into a course.

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