Dog Trainer Certification Program
Educational and Physical Requirements
To get accepted into Animal Behavior College’s dog training program, students must meet specific educational and physical requirements. This is because our three-part program consists of academic study, volunteer work and a hands-on externship, all of which demand a certain education level and physical ability. Read on to find out if you qualify to enroll in our dog training school.
When it comes to educational requirements for ABC’s animal training programs, students must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. The home study portion of our program requires students to read and write in English at a high school equivalency level. Students must also be able to communicate verbally in English and demonstrate both hand and voice directions. In addition, they must also pass the Scholastic Level Exam, a timed eight-minute exam that can be taken online.
Along with educational requirements, prospective students must meet specific physical requirements in order to pass the program successfully and perform their duties as a certified dog trainer. For example, students must be able to use both hands to perform repetitive actions associated with dog training, such as chumming and hand signals. Students should be relatively in shape and able to walk regularly at a brisk pace. For example, an animal career as a dog trainer demands brisk walking both forward and backwards and turning sharply to change directions. Students must also possess adequate visual and hearing requirements. For example, students must be able to observe persons and animals up to 150 feet away and in a full circle peripherally.
Students who desire to train dogs must also be able to work in harsh environmental conditions. These conditions include extreme temperature (e.g. inclement weather), loud noises (e.g. constant barking in shelters), close contact with fumes, dust and odors (e.g. chemical and animal odors) and exposure to harsh chemicals (e.g. cleaners and disinfectants used in shelters). Finally, students must be comfortable with being jumped on by large dogs. For a complete list of these requirements, please contact an admissions counselor at (800) 795-3294 or fill out the form on the right by clicking here.