The National K-9 School for Dog Trainers provides students with more than a basic education; students are offered the knowledge and skills required to pursue careers as professional dog trainers. The broad scope of National K-9’s curriculum immediately prepares graduates to begin full-time or part-time careers 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 Professional Obedience/Behavior Course specializes in teaching students obedience training, behavioral counseling, utility training, puppy development, customer relations with dog owners, and insight into establishing a successful small business practice. Whereas, the six-week Master Trainer Course continues by covering the advanced aspects of today’s professional dog trainer; including advanced obedience, retrieval, owner protection, service assistance dog training, tracking/trailing, and scent detection. The Master Trainer Course also provides students with information on dog care and kennel management.
Over 90% 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 Professional Obedience/Behavior Course and complete the remainder of the Master Trainer Course at a later (for a total of six weeks). We recommend you take the six-week course if you intend to make dog training a full-time career. Note that the three-week Professional Obedience/Behavior Course is the first three weeks of the six-week Master Trainer Course.
The National K-9 School for Dog Trainers is regulated and approved by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools (School Registration No. 753). 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 to use the title Certified Professional Trainer or letters CPT after their name. The National K-9 School for Dog Trainers is also a member of the Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools.
Since 1981, over 2,200 individuals from all 50 United States and over 45 foreign countries have received professional certification as dog trainers from National K-9. Many of these graduates start their own dog training businesses while others pursue employment at an established training center, veterinarian, daycare, boarding facility, or other dog related business. Many graduates also pursue specialized interests in training dogs for service, industry, therapy, sport, entertainment, and dog trainer education.