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Learn how to become a dog trainer

Choose Ashworth College's online Dog Obedience Trainer program and you'll graduate with an understanding of the methods and equipment used in dog training, the best approach for a range of different breeds and temperaments, as well as critical milestones in a dog's development.

If you're ready to learn how to become a dog trainer and pursue a rewarding career, there's no better place to start than our online dog training course. There is no prerequisite to enroll, and in as few as four months you could be on your way to turning your passion for working with dogs into a career you'll love.

Online Dog Trainer Curriculum

Through our self-paced, online Dog Obedience Trainer Program, you’ll learn about canine development and important training concepts like conditioning and discipline. Your classes include:

  • Foundations of Dog Training
  • Learning, Emotions, and Behavior
  • Breed Characteristics, Teaching, and Addressing Problems
  • Building a Successful Dog Training Business

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What you get

  • Student Portal dashboard for instant access to lessons and support
  • Learning Resource Center online libraries and labs
  • ProQuest® digital access to thousands of sources for research
  • An active online community of fellow students, staff, and grads

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Job opportunities

Dog owners are always looking for someone to help them teach their pets how to obey. So it's no surprise the U.S. Department of Labor predicts a dramatic 20% growth rate in animal trainer careers by 2026*.Use your dog training to find a position at a pet store, animal shelter, veterinary clinic, boarding kennel, guide dog organization, or even start your own dog training business.


Combine your passion for animals with an understanding of what it takes to run a dog training business.


Turn your passion into a career you genuinely love.


Our online dog training courses are the perfect way to boost your career prospects without going over budget.

Frequently asked questions

You may be taking your first steps into higher education. Or you may be considering online study for the first time. Whatever your situation, we're here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you have.

Yes! Our online dog training course is an in-depth program that teaches you various proven approaches to being a successful dog trainer. Besides detailed methods and procedures, you'll learn about canine behavior, differences between breeds, handling problems with obedience, and more. It's designed to put you on the path to a great career.

All graduates keep access to their accounts on the Ashworth College Central Network, an online toolkit that provides step-by-step guidance through resume templates, cover letters, thank you letters, and more. As a student, you will interact with the Ashworth College Central Network throughout your lessons to make you comfortable with the tools and prepare you to make a good impression on potential employers once you've graduated!

We allow you up to one year from the date of your enrollment to graduate. A self-paced, flexible study schedule is one of the many advantages of pursuing your education at Ashworth College.

Related programs

In addition to our online dog training course, we offer a number of other programs in the trades including:

Related programs from our partner school, Penn Foster

Through our partner schools Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster College, students can take advantage of a range of related programs that offer the flexibility and affordability of Ashworth College. Discover how you can balance work, life, and school to develop the skills to help you advance in your current career or help you take the next steps toward building a new one.

State requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

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