Can I bring a dog with me?

We encourage each student to bring a dog to take through the course.  The following are our recommendations to prospective students that allow them to get the most out of their experience at National K-9.

We recommend a medium to large sized dog.  Smaller dogs and puppies are usually candidates for the 3-week Professional Obedience Course but may not be mature and/or large enough for the advanced training included in the 6-week Master Trainer Course.  Giant breeds are not recommended due to the physical demands of some segments of the courses.  We have had a wide range of dog breeds and mixed breeds participate in our courses.  The breed you choose would be a matter of personal preference.  The size, type of coat, characteristics, and activity preferences for a dog varies from person to person.

We recommend a dog between the ages of 8 months to 3 years for the 6-week Master Trainer Course.  Dogs 4 months to 8 months can be candidates for the 3-week Professional Obedience Course but may not be mature and/or large enough for the advanced training included in the 6-week Master Trainer Course.   Dogs under 4 months of age are not permitted in either course.  Dogs over 3 years up to 5 years may be candidates for the 3-week Professional Obedience Course.  If you are considering a dog less than 8 months or over 3 years of age please contact an instructor at 614-864-0213 to discuss in more detail.

The dog you bring should not have previous professional/formal training.  Ideally the dog should have very little or no training at all.  Dogs that know a few basic commands and have some basic manners may still be eligible. Dogs with formal or extensive training will prevent the school’s instructors from assessing student’s progression in practical workshops and during practical testing.  Dogs should be social with people and other dogs but not have any major behavior problems.  Dogs with excessive aggression, fear or shyness are not usually good candidates for students to work with due to the length and intensity of our courses. Training dogs with excessive aggression, fear and shyness will be covered during our courses.  If you have questions regarding the dog’s behavior, please contact an instructor.

All dogs should be in good physical health, have no physical limitations, and be current on all vaccinations.  If you plan to bring a non-spayed female, she cannot come in heat/season while in attendance.  Please note that changes in environment may alter the timing of a female’s heat cycle.  Females in heat/season are not in an appropriate mental or physical state to participate in the intensive training involved in our courses.  Females that do come into heat/season while in attendance will need to be removed from the course and facility immediately.  Dogs must also be free of internal and external parasites.

All students’ dogs are provided with grooming facilities and an individual kennel and food bin.  Students at National K-9 have access to their dogs as needed for workshops, independent study, and exercise.  If you have any questions about whether your dog would be a good candidate, please contact National K-9 for guidance.

When and how do I pay my tuition?

The school’s policy is that tuition must be paid in full by the day the student arrives at the school.  We will accept any funding as long as full tuition is received on or before the first day of the scheduled course.

We have had students obtain funding from many different sources.  Most students pay for courses through their personal funds.  This can be done by personal check (received 14 days before the start of class), bank check (required if less than 14 days from class start date), or credit card (Visa MasterCard, Discover).  Credit card transactions must be done in person and cannot be accepted online or by phone. Contact our business office at 614-864-0213 or 1-888-927-1991 if you have additional questions.

Does National K-9 have any financial aid programs?

Students must provide their own funding. Full tuition payment is due on or before the first day of the course.

Although the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers does not provide financial aid, we will gladly accept most any financial aid a prospective student can obtain if the full tuition payment is received on or before the first day of the course.  Check online or with your local library, they usually have information on financial aid such as grants or scholarships. You will need to contact financial aid agencies and sources to determine their requirements and restrictions.

Please note that the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers chooses not to participate in the Federal Title IV Program. National K-9 also does not offer scholarships, payment plans, internships, exchange services, or give discounts to prospective students.  The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools regulates our school and the state requires that we have the same policy for each student that wishes to attend National K-9.  Full tuition payment is due on or before the first day of the course.

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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