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Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program - Online with Externship

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Learn to Become a Dog Trainer

Do you love dogs? As an ABC Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT), you will possess the skills necessary to make a difference in the lives of people and dogs you work with. Since a well-trained dog may remain with one family their entire life, the human-animal bond has the opportunity to flourish.  Become an ABC Certified Dog Trainer and help keep dogs in “forever homes” while creating a loving family environment for everyone. This rewarding career could be yours!

Call 1-800-795-3294 today or submit the completed form to request more information.


Curriculum – What You’ll Learn

Decades of training experience have been incorporated into this extremely comprehensive positive motivation-based training curriculum, which includes 7 to 21 weeks of hands-on training with an ABC-approved mentor dog trainer. This program also includes your voluntary enrollment in ABC’s international dog training and adoption campaign called “Students Saving Lives.” This portion of the program allows you to volunteer in a shelter.

Here are the 11 stages that every graduate completes:
  • Stage 1 – A Basic Study of Canines
  • Stage 2 – Learning Theory
  • Stage 3 – A Trainer’s Toolbox
  • Stage 4 – Training Fundamentals
  • Stage 5 – How to Teach Basic Obedience Cues
  • Stage 6 – Learning the Art of Effective Problem Solving
  • Stage 7 – Safety
  • Stage 8 – Public Speaking & Teaching Group Classes
  • Stage 9 – Business Building
  • Stage 10 – Externship, Shelter Practicum and Pet CPR & First Aid Certificate
  • Stage 11 – Final Exam & Graduation

Affordable Tuition - An Investment in Your Future

Tuition ranges from $3,399 $2,995 USD to $5,347 USD depending on the payment options you qualify for.* 100% financing available with $0 down to qualified individuals. Please contact us directly at 1-800-795-3294 to discuss eligibility requirements and payment arrangements customized to fit your needs.

Mentor Locations in All 50 States and Every Canadian Province

ABC is a viable option for students across the United States and Canada. That's because ABC has over 1,000 contracted mentor dog trainers across North America. Click here for the location nearest you or call 1-800-795-3294 and speak with an admissions counselor directly. 

Bring the School to Your Living Room

Our unique course combines the flexibility of home study coupled with invaluable hands-on training experience with an ABC-approved dog trainer. Training has never been more convenient!

Do What You Love

According to the American Pet Products Association, annual pet expenditures have grown 143% since 2001 and are expected to exceed $72.1 billion in 2018. While no school can guarantee employment after graduation, the growth of the animal industry, means that opportunities exist in this industry.1

Launch your career in as little as 12 months!  
Get Started Today
We have open enrollment so your education can begin immediately. A dog training career is about making a difference in the health and lives of animals!
Call today 800-795-3294

On-Campus Dog Trainer Program

If you prefer to learn in a one-on-one classroom environment on a campus, consider ABC’s onsite Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program. This program might be exactly what you are looking for if you enjoy developing close relationships with fellow classmates and thrive as part of a small team of students who are working together in animal shelters applying the dog training skills they have learned to help dogs become more adoptable.



ABC Supports Our Military

If you are a military spouse, you may be able to use your MyCAA Benefits to cover the costs of tuition.

US Military Spouses
May Qualify for Free Tuition



If you are a U.S. Veteran or a dependent under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code, (e.g. Post 911, Montgomery GI Bill, etc) you may be able to use your military benefits for our on campus classroom Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program. This on-site program is located in Los Angeles, CA.

US Veterans and Qualifying Dependents May Be Eligible for Free Tuition.



Dog Obedience Instructor Course Catalog

The catalog includes general information about the school, the school’s policies and its Mission Statement. Please click here to review the Course Catalog.

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