IACP Approved Dog Training Schools - Canine Professionals
If you're interested in a true national certification, please contact the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Are there schools for dog trainers?
If you are an individual with professional dog training experience, you can pursue an advanced dog training certification through a dog training school or dog trainer organization. Most of these types of advanced dog training certifications require a predetermined number of hours conducting dog training classes, reference letters from other professional dog trainers, reference letters from animal industry professionals (veterinarians), and other requirements as determined by the individual school or organization. In addition, most advanced certifications require the applicant to have completed a certain number of continuing education units in the dog training field.
Apprentice: When I got my first dog as an adult I signed up for a puppy class before I brought him home. I can’t remember what made me do something so wise, but it was one of the best decisions I have made. It resulted in me having a wonderful relationship with a mannerly, well-socialized dog, who became the love of my life. It also brought me an invitation to apprentice at the school. I suspect my obsessive completion of the weekly homework they handed out and my wide-eyed attention to every word they said in class might have given them the impression that I was very committed to learning about their profession. I apprenticed at the school for almost two years before they permitted me to teach private lessons and small group classes. Finding a school where you can apprentice means you will most probably spend many months watching as many classes as possible before you actually assist the instructor. From there, our apprentices may move on to teaching one exercise in a class, and then co-teaching with an experienced trainer. This sets a supportive foundation for gradual progression towards the ultimate goal of teaching classes on their own. Apprentices may also shadow a trainer on private lessons and progress in the same manner.
The CATCH Professional Dog Trainer School is a state-approved program
School for the Professional Dog Trainer
You can rest assured you’re learning from expert dog trainers when you enroll in our dog training school. Founded and operated by award-winning professional dog trainers and , our school for dog trainers is designed to help you succeed. In addition to enrolling in a school built by dog trainers for dog trainers, you’re receiving quality education and support from our Program Managers. Each and every one of our Program Managers has graduated from our school, some of who still pursue continuing education and train dogs in their local communities. If you want to learn more about us, check out . Classes vary from our 2 week accelerated courses to 4,6,8,or 12 week Professional Courses and our 6 Month Master Course (Best Value) in all certificate areas. The main difference in the course lengths is the amount of hands on training you will get with the extra time you devote. Experience is developed with opportunities to handle, train, and problem solve different dogs, breeds, ages, and different strengths and weaknesses. The longer you can stay the more of this experience you can develop and make your own. Time is a valuable resource. We understand that students have lives and family obligations as well as career goals. We are more than willing to work with you to schedule your maximum amount of time, even if you require breaks during the course.