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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.

What you get

  • Comprehensive dog obedience training study guides to refer to as you work through the courses
  • Personalized career guidance to help you navigate the job search after graduation
  • Content delivered via online, interactive lessons so learning fits into your schedule
  • An understanding of the various professional memberships and certifications available to dog trainers

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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.

Yes! We have students who want to learn how to become a dog trainer for their personal satisfaction and others who want to start dog training as a career. You will receive personalized career assistance and we'll show you how to create an impactful resume, prepare for interviews, and explore job opportunities in your area.

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:

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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