Penn Foster Career School

Career Diploma: Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor

Penn Foster Career School's Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma Program is designed to prepare students for careers as professional dog trainers. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster Career School's Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma Program is intended to teach students how to teach pet owners to handle their animals or prepare dogs to work in security or law enforcement. Students are given the opportunity to learn about understanding dog behavior, communication, using senses, influencing a dog's behavior using conditioning and reinforcement, housetraining, crate training, hunting training, basic veterinary issues, dealing with behavior problems, and teaching competition obedience. Students are also given the chance to learn facts about canine biology and behavior, proper equipment, and proper voice commands. This program is designed to be completed in as few as 10 months, although students can choose to take more time if necessary.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

Penn Foster Career School provides students in its Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma Program with the books, lessons, equipment, and learning aids needed to complete the program. They are also given instructional DVDs and training equipment. Graduates of the program are given a voucher to cover the application fee and certification examination for the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors and receive the textbook Don't Shoot the Dog.

Learning Format:


Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition, 0% APR financing, and affordable monthly payments to be completed upon graduation.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Instruction Set 1
    • Learning Strategies
    • Introduction to the Dog Training Profession
  • Instruction Set 2
    • Sensory Abilities of the Dog
    • Social Behavior and Communication
  • Instruction Set 3
    • How Dogs Learn
    • Conditioning
    • Applied Dog Behavior
  • Instruction Set 4
    • Testing and Selection of Dogs
    • Housetraining and Crate Training
    • Dog Selection (Graded Project)
  • Instruction Set 5
    • Canine Equipment
    • Commands
  • Instruction Set 6
    • Puppies
    • Teaching Tricks
    • Training Through Play
  • Instruction Set 7
    • Behavior Problems
    • Basic Veterinary Issues
    • Behavioral Analysis (Graded Project)
  • Instruction Set 8
    • Dog Breeds
    • Competition Obedience
  • Instruction Set 9
    • Hunting Training
    • Assistance Dogs
  • Instruction Set 10
    • Agility Training
    • Search and Rescue Training
    • Recreational Activities with Dogs
    • Agility Handling and Courses (Graded Project)
  • Instruction Set 11
    • The Dog Training Business, Parts 1 and 2
    • Creating a Business Plan (Graded Project)
    • Work Experience Option

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete Penn Foster Career School's Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma Program may be interested in pursuing an associate degree in animal care, dog education, or human-canine life sciences. This might increase their knowledge of animals and prepare them for advancement in the animal care and training fields.

Associate degree options include (but are not limited to):

  • Associate of Science in Animal Care and Management
  • Associate of Science in Assistance Dog Education
  • Associate of Science in Human-Canine Life Sciences

Career Paths:

Graduates of Penn Foster Career School's Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma Program may be able to pursue work as a dog trainer or instructor at a kennel or established obedience training school. They might also be able to start their own dog obedience training business.