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Career Diploma - Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor

Students in the Penn Foster Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma program gain the foundational knowledge needed to pursue entry-level positions helping dog owners address behavioral problems. Read more about this career diploma here.

Official Program Name:

Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster College

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Students who enroll in Penn Foster's Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma program have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to be an entry-level dog obedience trainer. Students can learn about the nature and functions of dogs, basic care and first-aid, and the various dog breeds. The program is also designed to teach students about different theories of conditioning, behavior modification strategies to prevent and treat problems, commands for basic obedience, and the kinds of equipment that is available for training. Additionally, students have the chance to gain a greater understanding of how to provide agility and hunting training, teach dogs tricks, and use play as a training tool. This program also includes a graded project where students demonstrate their knowledge of how to plan for, market, and run a dog training business or day care.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster

Penn Foster supplies students with all study materials needed to complete the curriculum, including instructional videos and reference materials, such as a dog breed chart. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also offered.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments, so students graduate without debt.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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

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

Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Courses

  • Starting Your Program
  • Introduction to the Dog Training Profession
  • Sensory Abilities of the Dog
  • Social Behavior and Communication
  • How Dogs Learn
  • Conditioning
  • Applied Dog Behavior
  • Testing and Selection of Dogs
  • Housetraining and Crate Training
  • Canine Equipment
  • Commands
  • Puppies
  • Teaching Tricks
  • Training through Play
  • Behavior Problems
  • Basic Veterinary Issues
  • Dog Breeds
  • Competition Obedience
  • Hunting Training
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Agility Training
  • Search and Rescue Training
  • Recreational Activities with Dogs
  • The Dog Training Business, Part 1
  • The Dog Training Business, Part 2

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After finishing the Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma program at Penn Foster Career School, students may have the foundational knowledge of dog learning abilities and behavior needed to secure an entry-level position with employers that could include:

  • Pet stores
  • Dog obedience training facilities
  • Humane societies

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