Become a Professional Dog Trainer
GI Bill Approved School for Dog Trainers
Turn your love for dogs into a dog training career through Animal Behavior College. Our Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program is a five-month dog training course held at our headquarters in Valencia, CA, in the City of Santa Clarita, only 40 minutes from Hollywood, San Fernando Valley and Ventura County.
At our dog trainer school, you learn in a one-on-one classroom environment, work with dogs at an animal shelter and apply your dog training skills in real life. If you’re interested in starting a dog training career, this program may be right for you.
Benefits of the ABC Dog Training Classroom Program
Learn in a Classroom Environment
Some students learn better in a classroom where they can interact with other students and the instructor. For this reason and by popular demand, we offer our dog training program in a classroom environment. As a dog trainer school, we strive to accommodate students wanting an on-site learning environment.
Become a Certified Dog Trainer in 5 Months
Graduates from the on-site dog trainer program will be certified as an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT). The classroom experience allows you to immerse yourself in an environment with other dog lovers pursuing their dog training careers. You can complete the on-site dog training classroom program and graduate with your dog trainer certification within just 5 months.
Small Investment for a Rewarding Career
This program costs $7,875.32, which covers tuition, registration, study materials and taxes. Student-friendly financing is available to qualified students.
Use Your GI Bill Benefits to Help Dogs
We’re proud to be one of the schools that approve the GI Bill. Our dog trainer school is approved to educate veterans and other eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code.
A few financial assistance programs available to qualified persons include:
- The Montgomery GI Bill – Chapter 30
- Post 9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33
- The Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance – Chapter 35
- Selected Reserve – Chapter 1606
- Reserve Educational Assistance – Chapter 1607
- And more
Can you help me apply for this benefit?
The team at Animal Behavior College is more than happy to help you through the application process. We have years of experience. Call us at 800-795-3294 to get started.
Beth Harrison is a certified dog trainer and holds both designations: ABCDT and ABCDT-L2. She leads our GI Bill approved dog training on-site classroom program. Beth brings with her more than 12 years of dog training experience. She has been working with veterans since January 2013 and has graduated 8 on-site classes from ABC.
In addition, Beth has her AKC Canine Good Citizens S.T.A.R. Puppy certification, serves on the Post Adoption Specialist team at Best Friends Animal Society, and teaches group dog training classes to veterans and their dogs at 501C Dogs of Service. As the Founder of A Paw Above Dog Training, Beth also leads puppy and adult dog group training classes in the greater Los Angeles area.
Students will be required to attend school at our Valencia, California, campus. The campus is located approximately 40 minutes north of Los Angeles.
Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
What You’ll Learn
The dog trainer program is approximately 22 weeks long and consists of 11 stages. Decades of dog training experience have been poured into our extremely comprehensive curriculum. You learn everything from dog behavior to effective problem solving. We also have classes on public speaking and business building to help you launch a potentially successful dog trainer career upon graduation.
Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program
- Stage 1 – A Basic Study of Canines
- Stage 2 – Learning Theory
- Stage 3 – A Dog Trainer's Toolbox
- Stage 4 – Dog Training Basics
- Stage 5 – How to Teach Basic Obedience Cues
- Stage 6 – The Art of Effective Problem Solving
- Stage 7 – Safety
- Stage 8 – Public Speaking & Teaching Group Classes
- Stage 9 – Business Building
- Stage 10 – Outside Classroom Hours
- Stage 11 – Graduation
A student favorite, the hands-on training portion requires students to volunteer 60 hours at a local animal shelter. There, you have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to shelter dogs in real life.
- Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program Catalog
- Preliminary Information
- Annual Reports
- Performance Fact Sheet